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Church goers break away after controversy

October 18, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Sunday marked a new beginning for a historic Southern California church.St. Luke's of the Mountains Episcopal Church has been at the center of a legal battle. Three years ago, conservative church members broke away from the Episcopal diocese in a dispute over the consecration of a gay bishop in New Hampshire.

The Episcopal Church sued to retain control of the historic church. They won their legal fight just last week. Sunday afternoon's service was its first back under control of the Episcopal church.

Breakaway church members are moving to a rented chapel in Glendale and say they'll join the new Anglican church, which was founded by breakaway Episcopal parishes.

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