Churches in Southwest will leave the ABC

May be start of national split over homosexuality
In what may be the beginning of a national split over homosexuality, leaders in a regional group of the American Baptist Churches USA have voted to begin leaving the denomination by the end of this year.

Directors of the American Baptist Churches of the Pacific Southwest have initiated the process of disaffiliating from the ABCUSA, which is based in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. The region, based in southern California, also includes southern Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii.

The vote was taken September 8, but the news was not made public until five days later when a pastor in the region, Glenn Layne of Temple City, California, posted the news on his Internet site. Layne estimated that 275 of the 300 churches would vote to leave, according to the Los Angeles Times.


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