2024-06-18 8:44 AM

Nicholas F. Benton: The Sad Case of The Falls Church

It is sad that it has come to this. Millions of dollars were raised earlier this decade from the congregation of the Falls Church Episcopal Church in Falls Church, Virginia, toward an $18 million goal to build a new “parish life center” for education and fellowship on property acquired by the church in 1999.

Church Defectors Seek to Divert Building Funds to Legal Defense

Facing an appeal filed this week to the Virginia Supreme Court of decisions made in their favor at the circuit court level last year, defectors from the Episcopal Church, USA, occupying the historic Falls Church property downtown in the City of Falls Church, are asking parishioners for permission to loot the church’s building fund to […]

Episcopal Bishop of Virginia Hails F.C. ‘Continuing’ Flock

The Rt. Rev. Peter James Lee, the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, made a personal appearance with the exiled Falls Church congregation of “continuing Episcopalians” Sunday at their temporary digs in the fellowship hall of the Falls Church Presbyterian Church.

Episcopal Church Leader in F.C., Speaks of Opportunity

The highest ranking elected leader of the Episcopal Church USA spoke to the “continuing Episcopalian” congregation in Falls Church Sunday, making a presentation, taking questions and then preaching during the group’s weekly religious service.

Community News & Notes


Mason H.S. Alum Named Cornell Scholar The Kappa Omicron Nu (KON) Honor Society, Cornell University chapter, has named 2006 George Mason High School graduate Eric Brooks as its 2008 KON Scholar.

Judge Rules Defectors Have No Claim on Endowment $

Buoyed by the ruling of Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Randy Bellows last week that defectors from the Falls Church Episcopal Church do not have a right to the church’s endowment fund, Falls Church’s “Continuing Episcopalians” are now mulling how to put the fund’s approximately $750,000 to its intended work of “furthering the Christian ministry in […]

Episcopal Presiding Bishop: Battle Vs. Schism Continues

The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, USA, speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Tuesday, assured reporters and others that the legal battle between her denomination and defectors who’ve formed an alternative body and claimed control over Episcopal properties in Virginia will be appealed to the state’s Supreme Court, no matter circuit […]

Falls Church City News Briefs

Flaw in F.C. Voting Machines Detected Former Falls Church City Treasurer H. Robert Morrison reported to the News-Press Tuesday that when he went to vote absentee for the Nov. 4 presidential election this week, he discovered what he called “a serious flaw” that apparently exists on all the City’s voting machines, and presumably on many […]

F.C. ‘Continuing Episcopalians’ Insist Their Case is Different

Following Tuesday’s court decision to dismiss the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia’s case against the breakaway Truro Church, supporters of the “Continuing Episcopalians” in the City of Falls Church told the News-Press that they remain hopeful, given the major historical and judicial differences between The Falls Church case and Truro, that the court will rule differently […]

Episcopal vs. Defectors Trial Resumes Tuesday

The final phase begins Tuesday of a three-stage, year-long trial to determine whether the property of the historic Falls Church downtown in the City of Falls Church is owned by members of its congregation who voted in December 2006 to defect from the Episcopal Church, or owned by the national denomination’s Virginia Diocese.