(RNS) When disgruntled congregations have left hierarchical denominations, civil courts traditionally have said buildings and land are not theirs to keep. But outcomes could be different this year as high-profile cases wind their way through courts in Texas and South Carolina.
Articles tagged “Episcopal Church”
(RNS) The decision by Boy Scouts officials to postpone any change in policy about gay membership was fueled by an “outpouring of feedback.” A lot of that reaction came from religious groups, who sponsor 70 percent of Scout troops.
(RNS) A group of prominent Episcopalians is criticizing their church’s stand on Israel, urging it to join 15 other denominations who call for an accounting of U.S. aid to Israel. By Solange De Santis.
(RNS) Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said the Diocese of South Carolina can't unilaterally secede, as she urged conservatives to stay in the denomination despite sharp disagreements over theology and homosexuality. By Daniel Burke.
(RNS) The Diocese of South Carolina announced on Wednesday (Oct. 17) that it has disaffiliated from the Episcopal Church, escalating a long-running skirmish and setting the stage to become the fifth diocese to secede from the national church. By Daniel Burke.
(RNS) Conservative commentators like Rupert Murdoch's stable and Ross Douthat of The New York Times are feasting on what they perceive as the “death” of “liberal Christianity.” Their next round of emotional and financial blackmail won't find much of an audience. By Tom Ehrich.
(RNS) Since I've been keeping a steady eye on the Episcopal Church for more than six years, I'm always interested in what journalists have to say about it. Every once in a while, I read something so counterfactual I feel compelled to speak out.
(RNS) Gay and lesbian Episcopalians are celebrating their church’s approval on Tuesday (July 10) of a liturgical rite for blessing same-sex couples. But conservatives are threatening to take “drastic” steps to distance themselves from the Episcopal Church. By Daniel Burke.
(RNS) Although church conventions tend to get attention for decisions on sexuality and gender, I am more intrigued by a movement among Episcopalians to sell their national headquarters building in New York City. More open doors, I say, and more out-there ministry in a dangerous world. By Tom Ehrich.