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7/27/2012 6:01:00 AM
Churches to share worship space
CourtesyPictured are Fr. Phil Shaw, left, and Fr. Leonard Walker.

Pictured are Fr. Phil Shaw, left, and Fr. Leonard Walker.

KINGMAN - What began as a generous experiment between the community of Trinity Episcopal and the Unity Church has blossomed into a new relationship.

The Rev. Connie Van Sant of Unity was responsible for bringing together a group of pastors for a monthly spiritual checkup. This developed into a friendship between Fr. Phil Shaw and Fr. Leonard Walker. When Rev. Connie Van Sant made her decision to move on in a new direction in her ministry, a new opportunity for Trinity Episcopal and the Divine Savior Community was presented.

Trinity had such a positive experience with Unity that they felt they wanted to continue to extend their home to others. Divine Savior has been celebrating mass with the generosity of the Kings Inn, which provided just the right space for a small community to develop.

Divine Savior is led by Walker, a priest affiliated with the Union of American Catholic Churches, an independent movement apart from Rome but in the Vatican II tradition.

What could be a better fit for Divine Savior than the Episcopal worship space offered by Trinity? Both communities agreed that this was a great match. Their churches share the same readings for Sundays and a very similar worship service. Both churches are proud that they are welcoming communities of faith - that indeed both want it to be known and experienced that "all are welcomed."

Trinity continues its 10 a.m. service on Sunday and Divine Savior has chosen to move to a Saturday vigil at 3:30 p.m. The two faith communities hope to find occasions to celebrate together as a sign of submission to the Lord who prayed, "that they all may be one."

For more information about Trinity, call Fr. Phil Shaw at (928) 753-5658 or email

For more information about Divine Savior, call (602) 432-7808 or email

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