Federal Judge Blocks Restrictions Imposed by City on Church's Ministry
"A federal judge has blocked the city of St. Paul, Minnesota, from enforcing restrictions on a church-based homeless drop-in center that limited the number of visitors and required the posting of a No Trespassing sign. The city's conditions on First Lutheran Church and Listening House appear to violate the church's First Amendment rights, as well as the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, a law passed by Congress, the judge ruled. US Chief Judge John R. Tunheim [in July] issued a temporary injunction, saying that First Lutheran and Listening House … was likely to prevail in its lawsuit against the city regarding conditions put in place last December and in effect since April" ("Federal Judge Blocks St. Paul from Imposing Conditions on Shelter, Church," StarTribune).
Episcopal Church in South Carolina Will Reclaim Properties
"The Episcopal Church in South Carolina is preparing to reclaim control of more than two dozen properties worth an estimated $500 million after the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to hear an appeal brought by a breakaway group of conservative Anglican congregations. This latest development marks an important victory for the Episcopal Church. The denomination had initially lost in a lower court ruling that sided with the breakaway group, but a state high court decision overturned that ruling last year" ("Justices Deny Bid from Dissident South Carolina Churches to Keep Buildings," Religion News Service).