My guess is most of those who voted NOT to leave will still want to stay with their churches that are leaving, now that the decisions have been made.
If the diocese manages to win the properties, it will be a short-lived victory, because they won't have enough worshippers to maintain the buildings.
You are correct. Even without that, there have been a few mergers of churches that have become too small to stand alone.
BUMP, that is the sentiment among those who voted NOT to leave.
The Diocese will not win.
Virginia law is very clear: a majority of the congregation decides whether to stay or whether to go, and who gets the property. The fact that every single voting church voted with a super-majority of 70+% does not help TEC or The Diocese. Two more churches are voting after the New Year. IMHO, Bp. Lee, et al. are scared that by the time the dust completely settles, there won't be a Diocese of Virginia left...or that the Diocese will emerge from the storm in a severely weakened state.
I posted on this in another thread (see the Code of Virginia, § 57-9. How property rights determined on division of church; and a press release from Truro and The Falls Church, released yesterday).