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National Episcopal Church Owns Local Church Property

Local church votes to disaffiliate and loses ownership of church building.

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Applying the "neutral principles of law" approach, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled that the national Episcopal Church owned the property of a local church that voted to disaffiliate from the denomination and align with the Church of Nigeria. The Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America (the "Episcopal Church"), organized in 1789, was the product of secession of the Anglican church in the colonies from the Church of England, the latter church itself being the product of secession from the Church of Rome in 1534. The Episcopal Church is governed by a general convention and a presiding bishop. In the United States, the Episcopal Church is divided geographically into dioceses, including the Diocese of Virginia. Each diocese is governed by a diocesan convention and a bishop. A diocese is itself divided into missions and parishes, which are individual churches where members ...

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  • April 30, 2014

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