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Episcopal Church

As the American branch of the Anglican Communion, the Episcopal Church is one of the oldest mainline denominations in the country, with over 2 million members. The denomination blends elements of Protestant and Catholic practice as exemplified in the Book of Common Prayer, which serves as the basis for worship. The Episcopal Church has also actively pursued ecumenical relationships through the National Council of Churches and Churches Uniting in Christ; the Interfaith Education Initiative is their hallmark program promoting interfaith dialogue. In recent years the denomination has been rocked by controversy over the installation of Rev. V. Gene Robinson (a practicing homosexual) as bishop of New Hampshire, a decision which has severely tested the denomination's relationship with the global Anglican Communion and prompted breakaway attempts by more conservative Episcopalian parishes.

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