Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Diocese resolves differences with Somerset congregation

From ENS-

For the second time in two weeks, the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh has announced an agreement resolving parish property issues with a group of former Episcopalians.
The diocese announced the agreement Feb. 14 with the Somerset Anglican Fellowship.

According to a diocesan press release, the agreement allows the Somerset Anglican Fellowship to remain part of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh or any religious body of its choosing. The congregation agrees to return all property provided for its use by the Episcopal diocese and to not support any property litigation brought by anyone else against the Episcopal diocese.

The membership condition differs from the one settled on in a Feb. 2 agreement with St. Philip's Church in Moon Township. That agreement requires St. Philip's to "no longer be affiliated with the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh or any similar group outside the Episcopal Church for a minimum period of five years."

St. Philip's members must pay off an existing mortgage; repay the diocese the amount of a 2007 distribution from a diocesan endowment fund; and pay the diocese an additional cash amount which the diocese will finance, with interest, for up to 15 years. The diocese will continue to hold the deed for the property until these payments have all been made, according to the summary.

A summary of the Somerset agreement says it resolves all potential legal disputes between the diocese and Somerset Anglican Fellowship and allows both "to go forward with their respective principal missions," according to the press release. The summary of the agreement was issued jointly by Pittsburgh Bishop Kenneth Price and the Rev. J. Mark Zimmerman, pastor of the Somerset Anglican Fellowship.

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