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May 2, 2011

A multitude of appellate tribunals across USA rule in favor of The Episcopal Church in property disputes

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Enthusiastically Episcopalian Conference with Bonnie Anderson, President of TEC House of Deputies
Chancellor Sally Johnson discussed property and abandonment issues in TEC
A multitude of appellate tribunals across USA rule in favor of The Episcopal Church in property disputes
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On March 11, 2011 over 250 Episcopalians filled the conference hall at the North Charleston Convention Center to participate in this conference.

The entire Conference has been recorded on a DVD set which can be ordered from the Episcopal Forum of SC. If you attended the conference you may want to review certain presentations.

If you missed this important Conference here is your opportunity to experience it.

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Enthusiastically Episcopalian Conference with Bonnie Anderson, President of TEC House of Deputies

Bonnie Anderson, DD (the highest ranking lay leader of The Episcopal Church) spoke at this conference where SC Episcopalians sought to: Remember Our History, Understand Our Present, Discern Our Future.

Bonnie Anderson, DD
• President, House of Deputies of The Episcopal Church
• Highest ranking lay leader in The Episcopal Church
• Ex Officio Member, TEC Standing Commissions.
• 35 years of leadership at all levels of TEC
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Chancellor Sally Johnson discussed property and abandonment issues in TEC

Sally Johnson, Chancellor to President, House of Deputies, The Episcopal Church, presented on how the Cannons and Constitution of The Episcopal Church regulate diocesan governance, property issues and acts of abandonment by diocesan leaders.

These topics were also covered extensively in the Q & A session with comment from other speakers on this issue
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A multitude of appellate tribunals across USA rule in favor of The Episcopal Church in property disputes

By: Mary Frances Schjonberg, April 20, 2011 [ENS]

OHIO: Court rules in favor of Episcopal Church, diocese in property disputes - An Ohio judge has ruled that five congregations in which the majority of members and clergy left the Episcopal Church and then sought to retain church property are not entitled to keep that property.

The case began in March 2008 when the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Ohio filed suit seeking a ruling on the efforts to transfer property to other Anglican Communion dioceses in South America and Africa.

Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Deena Calabrese said in the ruling April 15 that the "Dennis Canon" (Canon 1.7.4) (passed by the General Convention in 1979 to state that a parish holds its property in trust for the diocese and the Episcopal Church) applied in the case.

The judge said that two of the congregations had not challenged the Dennis Canon for more than 20 years after its enactment. The other three, Calabrese said, applied to the diocese for admission as parishes after its enactment and pledged at the time to be bound by the canon.

The five congregations are the Parish of the Church of the Transfiguration, Cleveland; St. Barnabas' Protestant Episcopal Church, Bay Village; the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, Akron; St. Anne's in the Fields Episcopal Church, Madison; and St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Akron.............

The judge noted in her ruling what she called "a multitude of appellate tribunals" what have also ruled that departing members of Episcopal Church congregations are bound by the Dennis Canon. The judge referred to those rulings as the church's "winning streak" in New York, Texas, Georgia, California, Connecticut, New Jersey, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. And she refused to use a state Supreme Court ruling in South Carolina (All Saints' Episcopal Church in Waccamaw in Pawleys Island) which she said was explicitly based on state trust law
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