Skip to comments.Where Your Treasure Is [VA and TEC get ready to open fire]
Posted on 01/11/2007 8:44:08 AM PST by sionnsar
Virginia and TEC get ready to open fire:
The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia announced today that it will not renew the 30 day standstill agreement with the clergy and members of congregations who voted to leave the Episcopal Church to associate with the Anglican Church of Nigeria. The terms of the agreement were set to automatically renew unless one party notified the others seven days prior to the expiration of the agreement. The Diocese notified these congregations today of its decision not to renew the agreement, which is set to expire on January 17.
The leadership of the Diocese of Virginia Bishop Peter James Lee, the Standing Committee and the Executive Board will meet after the expiration of the standstill agreement to determine their next course of action. Specifically, the Standing Committee must decide the status of the clergy of the departed congregations. In turn, the Executive Board must consider whether the property of these Episcopal churches has been abandoned.
Why? Why do you think? Pete Lee heard from headquarters. 815's coming in and coming in hard.
Leaders of The Falls Church, Truro Church and other Anglican churches in Virginia expressed their profound disappointment over a decision by the Diocese of Virginia to call off negotiations aimed at reaching amicable property settlements. They decried the expenditure of valuable resources to litigate property issues versus the myriad benefits of devoting time, energy, prayer and money to unifying mission work.
We are greatly saddened by this regrettable decision by the Diocese. We urge the Diocese and The Episcopal Church to return, with all the Christian charity each of us can muster, to the important work of reaching amicable settlements, said the Rev. John Yates, Rector, The Falls Church.
Representatives of The Episcopal Church, headquartered in New York City, notified attorneys for The Falls Church and Truro Church Monday that it plans on intervening in the now anticipated litigation. This decision followed a meeting between the Diocese and David Booth Beers, Chancelllor of The Episcopal Church.
Nothing surprising here. Perhaps if a Network split becomes a distinct possibility at Dar es Salaam next month,
David Booth Beers J. Jon Bruno Katharine Jefferts Schori might call off the dogs, figuring that TEC wouldn't be able to handle a large number of legal challenges at one time. But we all knew that TEC was eventually going to go this route. Its real estate is all it has left.
I wonder if 815 is collecting bargaining chips to head into Dar Es Salaam with. Supposing they have heard that there WILL be a reckoning for TEC coming up, they will want to have as many bargaining chips in their back pockets to squeeze out concessions from the GS primates.
One of the few things that TEC can use to bargain with is property. 815s preoccupation with litigation and threats seems like a stupid strategy otherwise. The only way it makes sense is that it would allow KJS to say to the primates if you let us have some sort of recognition in the AC, we will agree to stop harassing you over your property.
But since the TEC has already broken so many 'working agreements', right back to Griswold signing an agreement not to exacerbate the controversy and then coming straight home and participating in Vicki Gene's ordination . . .
WHY would the primates agree to any such thing? TEC would get the agreement and the seat at the table, and then come home and litigate anyhow.
If the TEC said the sun rose in the east, I would go outside and check.
Any idea where we can find a current financial statement for TEC?
They are in PDF format.
Thanks....something to mull over later on...If I have any qestions..I may Freepmail you..
I didn't read them - I just found them for you.
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