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Rift in Episcopal Church Leads to Defections

Dissent has been mounting among conservative Episcopalians since U.S. church leaders confirmed an openly gay bishop last year. Some conservative congregations have disavowed their local bishops, aligning themselves with like-minded church leaders elsewhere. Hear NPR's Barbara Bradley Hagerty.

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Barbara Bradley Hagerty is the religion correspondent for NPR, reporting on the intersection of faith and politics, law, science and culture. Her New York Times best-selling book, "Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality," was published by Riverhead/Penguin Group in May 2009. Among others, Barb has received the American Women in Radio and Television Award, the Headliners Award and the Religion Newswriters Association Award for radio reporting.