Town Settles Homeless Case With Church
A town in central Pennsylvania that tried to shut down a church-run homeless shelter citing zoning code violations has agreed to pay the church and its lawyers $100,000 to settle a civil suit. “I’m just thankful,” the Rev. Jack Wisor, pastor of First Apostles’ Doctrine Church in Brookville, Pa., said Tuesday after the settlement was... Continue Reading
Commentary: What I saw at the fight … is that there a fight?
By Bruce A. McIntosh, Special to The Layman What I observed as counsel for the complainants in a remedial case currently pending before the General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commission was a real eye-opener. I saw there is a deep divide within the Presbyterian Church (USA), but one side barely acknowledges that it exists. On one... Continue Reading
Siouxlands Presbytery Schedules Called Meeting to Hear Complaints, Overture Concerning Federal Vision
The Presbytery of the Siouxlands has scheduled a called meeting for October 20, 2009 in Watertown, S.D. to hear two complaints against recent actions taken at its last stated meeting.The meeting will be held at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel Event Center, Watertown, South Dakota, 1901 9th Avenue Southwest, at 10 a.m. Several TEs have... Continue Reading
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EPC General Assembly finances improve
By Edward Terry, The Layman SIGNAL MOUNTAIN, Tenn. – Speaking on behalf of Evangelical Presbyterian Church Stated Clerk Jeff Jeremiah, teaching elder Bill Meyer reported to the New Wineskins EPC Transitional Presbytery Oct. 6, 09 that increased giving has put the denomination’s General Assembly office back in positive financial territory. “A heartfelt thanks to you,... Continue Reading
Oregon EPC Church Celebrates 150 Years
In 1859 as Oregon became the 33rd state in the Union and unrest was beginning in the country between the North and South which would turn to Civil War, Tabernacle Church was being birthed. Seventeen Scottish immigrants grew tired of travelling up to 12 miles on horseback to go to church and so as another... Continue Reading
Roy Taylor Elaborates on NAE Immigration Resolution
On October 8, 2009, the board of directors of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) adopted a resolution on immigration. That was the result of study and discussion by evangelical scholars, churchmen, and ministry practitioners over a period of about 18 months. Shortly after the release of the document, reports from several sources circulated via... Continue Reading
California Christians worship in a big way
The state has more megachurches than anywhere else in the country, with the majority in the suburbs between Los Angeles and San Diego. Their upbeat approach is luring thousands each weekend. Thanks to good weather, sprawling suburbs and a number of charismatic pastors, the Golden State has more of these megachurches — defined as those... Continue Reading
An Episcopal Patron Saint and Church Property Issues
By Parker T. Williamson, The Layman Episcopal Church (USA) lawyers who sue congregations for their property can call on a special counsel. He is Saint Ives, named by the denomination as the patron saint of lawyers. In his honor, ECUSA has allocated a $3 million line item in its budget to pay legal fees.
PCUSA Presbytery: Trust Clause Will Not Be Used As a Weapon
The Presbytery of San Francisco’s newly-adopted dismissal policy pledges not to initiate pre-emptive civil litigation and offers its congregations the opportunity to leave the denomination with their property if reconciliation is no longer an option. Read more here.