History of Colorado Springs Episcopal Church gains national attention

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Sitting in the choir section of Grace and St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Marianna McJimsey can’t help but get excited when she talks about the history of the place.

The former Colorado College professor and head of the church’s archival project can spout off facts for hours if given the prompt. She’s not the only one who finds the church significant.

The church was recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places....

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Posted June 14, 2012 at 11:10 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



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1. wportbello wrote:

This church has always been about more than just us who go here.

Too bad they don’t know what they are about… their audience of One does.

June 14, 1:19 pm | [comment link]
2. QohelethDC wrote:

The former Colorado College professor and head of the church’s archival project can spout off facts for hours if given the prompt.

I know the feeling! I’m a weekend guide at a historic site here in DC, and my ability to work it into almost any conversation is a bit frightening.

June 14, 4:56 pm | [comment link]
3. sophy0075 wrote:

wportbello, that phrase struck me too - like a two by four!
Being a congregant of a church where we were dispossessed of our building and our foundation money (but taken in by a wonderful congregation of fellow Christians in another denomination!) I feel sorry for CSEC. One tornado, one blizzard collapsing the roof, one forest fire and the building could be gone. Will the congregation’s faith be strong enough to show them that they are *still* a church?

June 14, 5:31 pm | [comment link]
4. Ralph wrote:

Nobody’s mentioned it yet, but one wonders how they’re getting along with their new rector after the ugly, cataclysmic church fight and schism (complete with property dispute) of a few years ago, leading to the indictment of the former rector, who affiliated with ACNA taking parishioners with him.

One prays that this historic building will never be used for SSBs and other defiling rituals.

June 14, 5:53 pm | [comment link]
5. William Witt wrote:

but one wonders how they’re getting along with their new rector

View the chart by selecting Diocese of Colorado, Grace and St. Stephen’s, and you can see for yourself.

June 14, 7:06 pm | [comment link]
6. Tech wrote:

In other words a long journey back from old windows to a compelling ministry

June 14, 9:05 pm | [comment link]
7. Sarah wrote:

Interesting. More than 300 ASA.

June 14, 11:18 pm | [comment link]
8. William Witt wrote:

Sarah,
300 ASA would be impressive at most TEC parishes.  Not so much when you note that they’ve lost 500 a week, and their pledge and plate has halved.  This is a text book example of a pyrrhic victory. 

If you look at the Diocese chart, you’ll see that the Diocese as a whole has lost almost a third of its ASA since 2000.  In anywhere but TEC, these figures would be perceived as disastrous.

June 15, 7:56 am | [comment link]
9. Sarah wrote:

RE: “Not so much when you note that they’ve lost 500 a week, and their pledge and plate has halved.”

I’d agree if the Anglican Grace and St. Stephens actually had 500 ASA leave TEC, but since they didn’t [there’s plenty of people who noted what ASA the Anglican church had when it relocated], then I can only assume—as was long long pointed out—that the original 800 ASA was not accurate.

In other words, the TEC parish didn’t lose 500 ASA by any standard other than the apparently inaccurate chart.

RE: “This is a text book example of a pyrrhic victory.”

I’m afraid that this particular parish is anything but a “text book example.” But if you maintain that, then we disagree on a matter about which no amount of discussion will render agreement; I’ve simply had too many face to face discussions with thoroughly orthodox—and non-TEC—Anglicans about this with first-hand observations.

RE: “If you look at the Diocese chart, you’ll see that the Diocese as a whole has lost almost a third of its ASA since 2000.  In anywhere but TEC, these figures would be perceived as disastrous.”

There I agree—even in TEC these figures are disastrous as they are in almost every single diocese.

June 15, 8:40 am | [comment link]
10. Pageantmaster ن wrote:

Nosey parker that I wandered about on the internet to find out what happened to the part of the congregation that departed and became St George’s Anglican.  In a few years they bought the derelict original St Stephen’s last used as a nightclub, and completely rebuilt and refurbished it.  No original windows that I can see on their video of the restoration, but a remarkable story.

Prayers for both the churches.  May they be used solely for His glory.

June 15, 10:46 am | [comment link]
11. Pageantmaster ن wrote:

That is nosey parker that I am!

June 15, 10:47 am | [comment link]
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