Monday, June 25, 2012

Green Hills Church Refuses to Surrender Fight for Independence

From Tennessee-

Already estranged from its Episcopal roots, the leadership from Saint Andrews Church in Green Hills voted unanimously this weekend to continue fighting for the land and building it has called home for more than 40 years.

The land and property battle is not unlike the roughly 56 identical battles continuing, nationwide, as local congregations continue to demand independence from the Episcopal Church. But Saint Andrews's ongoing battle is a unique one, insists one of the attorneys representing Saint Andrews in its legal battles.

"We paid money for (the land), actually out of our pocket," said attorney Ben Rose. "We got a deed, free-and-clear."

But attorneys representing the other side, the Tennessee Diocese, say its counter claim is quite simple.

"It's not theirs," insisted attorney Richard Lodge, in a file interview roughly one year ago.

Despite this already lengthy debate, members of Saint Andrews simply want to appeal their case, and the more sentimental side of it, before a panel of jurors.

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