Episcopal church plansto leave state diocese

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Christ Episcopal Church of Overland Park has agreed in principle to separate from the national Episcopal Church and its diocese in Kansas because of disagreements over several issues, including the ordination of an openly gay Episcopal bishop in New Hampshire.

The proposed separation was announced Sunday by the Overland Park church and the state diocese. The Overland Park church's governing board voted Feb. 28 to recommend approval of the agreement, and parish members will vote April 3 on the separation.

The church decided to withhold most of its financial commitment to the diocese after the ordination in 2003 of V. Gene Robinson, who lives with his male partner, as a bishop in New Hampshire.

The Episcopal Church, with 2.4 million members, is the U.S. branch of the 77 million-member Anglican Communion.

Former governor's homemoving to new location

INDEPENDENCE, Kan. - A home once owned by former Kansas governor and failed presidential candidate Alf Landon will be moved today as efforts begin to make it into a museum and political research center.

The three-story Victorian home was slated for demolition months ago to make way for a Walgreens store. Walgreens officials later decided to save the home, which was built in 1901. It donated $102,000 to the Independence Historic Preservation and Resource Commission to help buy the mansion and move it, said commission chairman Norman Chambers.

The house will be moved a few blocks away. After the move, local and state officials will begin raising money to restore and renovate it, Chambers said.

The plan is to turn it into a center and museum on early 20th-century politics and the Landon family.

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