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Conservative Episcopalian rally is in Sarasota today

A conservative Episcopalian group organized last year will have anall-day regional rally today in Sarasota.

Issues to be addressed at the rally will be sexuality, inclusive language and women's ministry - areas that triggered the formation of the Episcopal Synod of America in the first place.

The ESA, a voluntary organization within the Episcopal Church, was formed in June 1989 after a meeting in Fort Worth, Texas, where about 1,600 Episcopalians met to discuss how to remain faithful to their beliefs.

Under the ESA plan, a congregation could affiliate with the synod but remain within the mainstream church.

Today's rally takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Church of the Redeemer, 222 S Palm Ave. Speakers are the Rev. Titus Oates, ESA's new executive director (11:30 a.m.); William Murchison, syndicated columnist with the Dallas Morning News and lay communicant in the Diocese of Dallas (1:15 p.m.);

and Karen Sadock, a member of ESA's legislative body, National Council of the Evangelical and Catholic Mission and lay communicant in the Diocese of Newark (2:15 p.m.) A panel discussion and question period will begin at 3:15 p.m.