The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Congregations lose property

Seven congregations that broke away from the Episcopal Church were ordered to return all property to their diocese by April 30.

A Fairfax County Circuit Court judge ruled that the congregations had the right to leave the Diocese of Virginia but not to take church property with them.

They must return an estimated $40 million worth of property, including several historic churches, chalices, prayer books, crosses and some of the money they had on hand before they left the Episcopal Church.

The congregations are now part of the Anglican Church in North America.


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