Wednesday, August 2, 2017

State Supreme Court rules The Episcopal Church can reclaim 29 properties from breakaway parishes

From South Carolina-

In a highly anticipated ruling, the state Supreme Court decided Wednesday that 29 local parishes whose congregations left The Episcopal Church in 2012 cannot take their valuable properties with them, a decision that could set the stage for a massive exchange of historic church capital in the region.

However, seven parishes and a land trust that departed can hold on to their properties because they never agreed in writing to let the national church hold them in trust, unlike the others, a majority of justices ruled.

The beloved St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center on Seabrook Island and Charleston parishes including St. Michael's Church, the oldest surviving religious building in Charleston, and St. Philip's Church, the oldest congregation in the state, appear to be among properties set to return to The Episcopal Church, according to several sources and notes included in the court's document.

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