The NEWS (Monrovia)

Liberia: Breakaway Imminent

The seems to be an imminent breakaway in the St. Augustine Episcopal Church as the men vowed not to cooperate with an investigative committee set up by Bishop Jonathan B. B. Hart to look into the conflict of the Church.

The Augustine Episcopal Church Men have already made their position known that they cannot work with Rev. G. Nyemah Harmon as Priest-in-Charge due to his inability to unite the Church and provide leadership.

Rev. Harmon has failed to release funds to the men's department to underwrite the cost of the window project which they said have been overdue.

The men led by its President Prince Bolden maintained that he will not honor the invitation of the investigative committee until funds requested for the Church's window project is released to them.

The latest decision by the St. Augustine Episcopal Church Men appears to be that they are bracing to breakaway as it was done at St. Stephens Episcopal Church where prominent members broke away to establish the Anglican Church.

Already, the investigative committee has met with the St. Augustine Episcopal Church Men, the Vestry (Church Administrators) and the Rev. Harmon to find a way forward in resolving the conflict.

Information gathered by this paper reveals that Bishop Hart does not intend to remove Rev. Harmon who is believed to be the source of the conflict in the Church.

The Men of the Church have resolved to communicate with the Chairman of the investigative committee on their decision not to appear for any probe until funds intended for their window project is released by Rev. Harmon.

The conflict in the St. Augustine Episcopal Church has been dragging on for weeks since Rev. Harmon accused some members of being delinquent in the payment of their dues.

If there is a breakaway in the Episcopal Church, it will be for the second time under the administration of Bishop Hart.

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