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  • VA: Church property case gears up for state Supreme Court [Episcopal]

    02/19/2009 7:37:06 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 1 replies · 334+ views
    The Fairfax Times, Fairfax, Va. ^ | 2009-02-18 | Gregg MacDonald
    A two-year-old church property dispute between Episcopalians and Anglicans appears to be on its way to the Virginia Supreme Court. On Feb. 3, The Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Virginia together filed an appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court hoping to overturn a Dec. 19 decision by Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Randy Bellows in favor of the Anglican District of Virginia, known as ADV. On Feb. 10, the Episcopal appeal was followed by a motion asking for an exception to the Supreme Court's limit of 35 pages in appeal cases. The property dispute originally arose as a result of...
  • Virginia Goes Over the Brink (affirms "Blessedness" of same-sex relationships) [TEC DeathWatch™]

    01/31/2009 8:47:56 AM PST · by sionnsar · 4 replies · 522+ views
    Stand Firm ^ | 1/24/2009 | Greg Griffith
    BabyBlue has the story here and here. The entire resolution reads as follows: R-4a Integrity of Committing Relationships RESOLVED, that the Diocese of Virginia recognizes our responsibility to respond to the pastoral needs of our faithful gay and lesbian members in a spirit of love, compassion and respect, and in doing so seek to fulfill our baptismal commitment to respect the dignity of every human being; and be it further RESOLVED, that accordingly the 214th Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia affirms the inherent integrity of and blessededness of committed Christian relationships between two adult persons, when those relationships...
  • Episcopal Bishop of Virginia to Step Down

    01/23/2009 11:52:41 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 20 replies · 248+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 2009-01-23 | Michelle Boorstein
    The Rt. Rev. Peter James Lee, who has been bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia for 24 years, announced today that he will step down Oct. 1 to make way for a successor who was named in 2007. The diocese, which covers northern and eastern Virginia and includes 80,000 members, is one of the largest in the Episcopal Church, the U.S.-based branch of the global Anglican Communion. Starting this fall the diocese will be overseen by the Rt. Rev. Shannon Johnston, 50, an Alabama native who has worked in dioceses in the South and is known for his work...
  • BREAKING: Virginia Judge Rules in Favor of Parishes [Episcopal Church Split]

    04/03/2008 11:43:46 PM PDT · by kaehurowing · 10 replies · 126+ views
    Stand Firm In Faith ^ | April 4, 2008 | Greg Griffith
    "The Court agrees that it was major divisions such as those within the Methodist and Presbyterian churches that prompted the passage of 57-9. However, it blinks at reality to characterize the ongoing division within the Diocese, ECUSA, and the Anglican Communion as anything but a division of the first magnitude..."
  • A Round Up of links on the Virginia Court Ruling [Episcopal]

    04/05/2008 9:58:16 AM PDT · by sionnsar · 2 replies · 133+ views
    TitusOneNine ^ | 4/04/2008 | The Elves
    Given that there are new articles and press releases, etc. being released frequently, and the potential significance of the story, we thought it would be helpful to provide a roundup of all the Virginia court ruling links in one place. We'll keep updating this periodically: Primary Source documents: Court Ruling and Press Releases or Letters The Court Ruling: [Stand Firm has a PDF here] The Anglican District of Virginia (ADV) Press Release: The Diocese of Virginia Press Release: The CANA Press Release: The Presiding Bishop's Statement: A letter from the Rev. John Yates, rector of the Falls Church A letter...
  • (VA) Episcopal parishes awarded property, assets

    04/04/2008 7:30:27 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 21 replies · 65+ views
    Episcopal parishes awarded property, assets By Julia Duin April 4, 2008 A Fairfax circuit judge has awarded a favorable judgment to a group of 11 Anglican churches that were taken to court last fall after breaking away from the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia in late 2006. In an 83-page opinion released late last night, Judge Randy Bellows ruled that Virginia's Civil War-era “division statute” granting property to departing congregations applies to the Northern Virginia congregations, which are now part of the Nigerian-administered Convocation of Anglicans in North America.
  • Breaking: VA Attny General sides with VA congregations that voted to separate from TEC

    01/11/2008 3:36:15 PM PST · by sionnsar · 9 replies · 167+ views
    BabyBlueOnline ^ | 1/11/2008 | BabyBlue
    McDonnell: “As a matter of federal constitutional law, the Episcopal Church is simply wrong.” BB NOTE: The Motion is here and the Brief is here. FAIRFAX, Va. (January 11, 2008) – Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell has filed a motion to intervene and a brief in the ongoing church property litigation that is being heard by Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge Randy Bellows involving eleven congregations that separated from the Episcopal Church in 2006 and 2007 and joined the Anglican District of Virginia (ADV). In his brief, Attorney General McDonnell defended the constitutionality of the Virginia Division Statute (Virginia...
  • VA: [Episcopal] Diocese of Virginia in Financial Crunch Over Lawsuits

    01/04/2008 2:05:33 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 35 replies · 1,010+ views
    VirtueOnline/The Virginia Episcopalian ^ | 2008-01-04 | David Virtue
    The Diocese of Virginia is taking out a $2 million "line of credit" to pursue lawsuits against a dozen parishes that have fled their ecclesiastical grip. Revenues from remaining parishes have fallen short of expectations as parishes cease to pledge or fall behind on their payments. The diocese also plans to sell "real properties" to raise cash. The Virginia Episcopalian, the official publication of the Diocese of Virginia, is reporting in its current edition that the Executive Board has "authorized the treasurer to open a $1 million line of credit to cover anticipated legal expenses for the near-term. That line...
  • Good Riddance: The Episcopal split promises a stronger church [TECleft]

    12/22/2006 7:01:55 PM PST · by sionnsar · 32 replies · 634+ views
    Slate ^ | 12/22/206 | The Rev. Astrid Storm
    As a theological liberal, I take a rather dim view of the doctrine of providence. Still, I have to say that there was something vaguely providential about the way events unfolded in the Episcopal Church this past week. Last Sunday, eight Episcopal churches in the Diocese of Virginia voted to break away from the U.S. Episcopal Church.... In fact, it seems to me that this couldn't have happened at a better time, with better people, or in a better way. The Episcopal Church may even be stronger for it in the long run. ... Astrid Storm, an Episcopal priest, is...
  • VIRGINIA: New bishops set for Anglican breakaways

    12/09/2007 2:08:48 PM PST · by Huber · 1 replies · 96+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 9, 2007 | By Julia Duin
    Nigerian Archbishop Peter J. Akinola will preside at a ceremony at a church in Herndon as four new bishops are consecrated today to serve the Convocation of Anglicans in North America. (Agence France-Presse) A new breakaway Anglican group of 11 churches that left the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia over theological differences less than a year ago met last week for its first annual convention. Four new bishops will be consecrated at 2 p.m. today to serve the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA), which includes 61 member congregations siphoned from the Episcopal Church. Nigerian Archbishop Peter J. Akinola will...
  • VA: Diocese and TEC drop charges against Vestries and Rectors

    08/14/2007 9:22:46 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 5 replies · 349+ views
    VirtueOnline ^ | 2007-08-13 | Jim Oakes
    As you may have heard, we had a preliminary hearing on Friday, August 10, in court, at which the court heard arguments on our demurrers and pleas in bar. (Our demurrer asserted that even if everything The Episcopal Church claims is true, they still would have no case. The plea in bar argued that vestry members are immune from suit for actions taken in an official capacity as volunteers). After extensive argument over the plea of statutory immunity, the court was prepared to rule but suggested that the parties work out an agreement. After recess, the Diocese of Virginia and...
  • VA: Court will use Church's Constitution and Canons in deciding property disputes [TEC vs. CANA]

    08/14/2007 11:57:12 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 10 replies · 370+ views
    Episcopal News Service ^ | 2007-08-10 | Matthew Davies and Mary Frances Schjonberg
    Virginia's Fairfax Circuit Court ruled August 10 in favor of the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Virginia in denying the claims of 11 separated congregations that the court should not consider the Church's Constitution and Canons in deciding property disputes. The congregations, in which a majority of members have voted to leave the Episcopal Church but continue to occupy its property, asked the court to dismiss the complaints of the Church and the diocese. After hearing arguments by all parties, the judge overruled all but one part of the motions. The court dismissed the claims of the diocese for...
  • VA: Episcopal bishop ejects clergy

    08/03/2007 12:46:45 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 28 replies · 649+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2007-08-03 | Julia Duin
    Virginia Episcopal Bishop Peter J. Lee has ejected 20 of his former clergy from the priesthood after they quit the denomination in December over the 2003 consecration of New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson, who is openly homosexual. In a document signed Aug. 1, the bishop defrocked 18 men and two women, saying they had "abandoned the communion of the Episcopal Church." The widely anticipated document came seven months after 11 churches — along with their clergy — voted to leave the diocese and the denomination. Bishop Lee retaliated Jan. 22 by issuing an "inhibition" order forbidding 21 clergy affiliated...
  • Virginia churches plan diocese exit [Truro and Falls Church]

    06/29/2006 1:06:44 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 1 replies · 438+ views
    VirtueOnline-News ^ | 6/29/2006 | Julia Duin
    Two of Northern Virginia's largest and most historic Episcopal churches -- Truro and the Falls Church -- informed Virginia Bishop Peter J. Lee yesterday that they plan to leave the diocese and that as many as two dozen other parishes may follow suit. And the Rev. Martyn Minns, rector of Truro Church, was elected a bishop yesterday by the Anglican province of Nigeria with the mandate to oversee a cluster of U.S. parishes that minister to expatriate Nigerians. Mr. Minns was driving north on Interstate 95 from Richmond when he got the news on his cell phone from Anglican Archbishop...
  • Falls Church, Truro deny Washington Times Story

    06/29/2006 4:52:21 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 1 replies · 386+ views
    Stand Firm ^ | 6/29/2006 | Andy Figueroa
    Washington Times reported this morning that Truro & Falls Church planned to leave the diocese. NOT SO according to the two churches. In this morning's Washington Times, Julia Duin reported, "Two of Northern Virginia's largest and most historic Episcopal churches -- Truro and the Falls Church -- informed Virginia Bishop Peter J. Lee yesterday that they plan to leave the diocese and that as many as two dozen other parishes may follow suit." A statement on the Falls Church web site says, "This certainly is not true and misrepresents where we are as a congregation. It is true that we...
  • Second Episcopal congregation bolts over gay clergy

    02/08/2006 11:28:47 AM PST · by JZelle · 6 replies · 491+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2-8-06 | Julia Duin
    The Church of the Holy Spirit in Ashburn, Va., has become the second congregation to leave the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia over disagreements on biblical authority, church discipline and homosexual clergy. Meeting after their Sunday morning worship service, adult members of the church voted 88-0 to leave the 90,000-member diocese, the country's largest, and affiliate with the Anglican Diocese of Ruwenzori in Uganda.
  • 2nd church quits Episcopal diocese

    02/08/2006 7:21:39 AM PST · by Dane · 28 replies · 655+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | 2/8/06 | Alberta Lindsey
    2nd church quits Episcopal diocese Sexuality is an issue in its decision to join Uganda's Anglicans BY ALBERTA LINDSEY TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITER Feb 8, 2006 A second Northern Virginia congregation has voted to withdraw from the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia and to affiliate with the Diocese of Ruwenzori of the Anglican Church of Uganda. The consecration of an openly gay bishop by the Episcopal Church USA in 2003 is a factor in the congregation's decision, said the Rev. Clancy Nixon, missioner of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Ashburn in Loudoun County. The Holy Spirit congregation voted 88-0 Sunday...
  • West seeks spiritual refuge in war-torn Uganda

    12/26/2005 10:25:23 AM PST · by sionnsar · 3 replies · 355+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 12/16/2006 | Mike Pflanz
    Churches in the United States are turning their backs on religious liberalism at home and looking 9,000 miles away to "biblically orthodox" Uganda for a spiritual refuge.In November, Anglicans at South Riding Church in Fairfax, Virginia, became the latest congregation to break from their roots and join the Church of Uganda instead.A dozen others have done the same, a symptom of religious conservatives' deep discomfort over scriptural revisionism and the Church's growing acceptance of homosexuality. It is a further sign of the widening schisms threatening the Anglican communion and comes as reforms implemented last week allow homosexuals in Britain to...
  • Rector of South Riding Church (Fairfax, Va.) Responds to Bishop Lee

    12/22/2005 6:13:47 PM PST · by sionnsar · 1 replies · 493+ views
    American Anglican Council ^ | 12/22/2005 | The Rev. J. Philip Ashey
    Fr. Ashey's Response to Canon III.13 Judgment 20 December 2005 The Right Reverend Peter James Lee The Diocese of Virginia 110 W. Franklin Street Richmond, VA 23320 Dear Bishop Lee, Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! I am writing to you in response to the Diocesan Press Release that I received shortly after our phone conversation yesterday. Since the intent of your action and the Standing Committee contradicts the plain language of Canon III.13, let me restate and reiterate the facts: 1) On the first Saturday after the Epiphany 1989 the Right Reverend Frederick H....
  • Virginia Parish Leaves ECUSA, Pastor Awaits Possible Reprisal

    11/21/2005 5:01:36 PM PST · by wagglebee · 6 replies · 569+ views
    Agape Press ^ | 11/21/05 | Jim Brown and Jody Brown
    A Virginia congregation says it has left the Episcopal Church USA (ECUSA) -- and the pastor of that congregation fears his former bishop may take retaliatory action against the parish. South Riding Church is the first parish to leave the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia after two years of conflict over ECUSA's ordination of an openly homosexual bishop in New Hampshire. But Pastor Phil Ashey says his problems with the Episcopal Church run much deeper than its approval of Bishop V. Gene Robinson. "Really the issue of Robinson's consecration and the blessing of same-sex unions is simply the presenting issue of...