Phase One of a three-phase legal process to determine ownership of the property of 11 Virginia congregations that voted to leave the Episcopal Church – including The Falls Church – ended abruptly in a Fairfax circuit courtroom Tuesday. Constitutionality arguments, pertaining to the First Amendment and the separation of church […]
The Rev. John Yates, rector of The Falls Church, took the witness stand late yesterday in the Fairfax Circuit Court trial to establish who owns the church property and that of 11 other former Episcopal congregations in Virginia with a combined estimated value of $30 million.
I was raised with no connection, as a child, to organized religion, and came to a faith perspective as an adult, leading to four years of a post-graduate education at a West Coast Protestant seminary majoring in New Testament theology. Yet my informed and oft-expressed antipathy for religious fundamentalism remains […]
Virginia State Senate candidate Chap Petersen falsely attributed an unsigned written question to the Falls Church News-Press during a debate with his incumbent opponent Jeannemarie Devolites-Davis at the Temple Rodef Shalom Sunday. The question, asking Petersen if he disassociates himself from the discriminatory stands of the leaders of his church, […]
A prestigious Anglican Church weekly has charged that a Northern Virginia clergyman was the principal author of a provocative letter assailing the Archbishop of Canterbury attributed to Nigerian Archbishop Peter Akinola.
Motion to Dismiss Suit Over Property Quashed by Judge In the first official court ruling concerning the defection from the Virginia Episcopal Diocese by 11 churches last December, a Fairfax Circuit Court judge ruled against dismissal of lawsuits by the diocese and the national Episcopal Church last Friday. It was […]
Attorneys for the defecting members of The Falls Church will be in Fairfax Circuit Cout Friday seeking a summary dismissal of the consolidated suit filed by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia and the Episcopal denomination, nationally, aimed at their retaining control of the church property.
We are dismayed by the news that an active and respected Virginia organization dedicated to the extension of full civil rights to all persons despite their sexual orientation chose last week to endorse a candidate aligned with a right-wing church that considers gays and lesbians “second class citizens,” at best. […]
In a major court ruling this week that could impact an anticipated fall court decision in Virginia on ownership of The Falls Church property, the California Fourth District Court of Appeals sided with the national Episcopal Denomination’s Diocese of Los Angeles in its effort to recover property occupied by congregations […]
May 31 – June 6, 2007