The Cost of Doing BusinessOctober 11, 2009 at 12:12 pm | Posted in God machine, law | Leave a comment
Tags: california, La Crescenta parish, religion, secession, St. Luke's Anglican Church
(LA Times) The people of St. Luke’s Anglican Church have called their La Crescenta parish home for 85 years. Generations of families have grown up within its historic stone walls.
On Sunday, the Rev. Rob Holman will deliver his final sermon there, an epitaph to a bruising legal fight the congregation waged and lost to practice its conservative brand of Christian theology and hold on to the church.
[Well, they may have lost the fight to “hold on to the church,” but there never was a fight as to whether they would be able to continue to practice their “conservative brand of Christian theology” — just saying.]
On Monday, St. Luke’s leaders will hand over its keys to the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.
The diocese sued to retain St. Luke’s property after the congregation voted overwhelmingly in 2006 to leave it and the national Episcopal Church over theological differences, including the consecration of a gay bishop in New Hampshire.
[The reporter has described their position in the kindest possible light.]
After rounds of costly litigation, the courts ruled in the diocese’s favor, concluding that St. Luke’s property was held in trust for the diocese and the national church.
People advocating their state’s secession should keep this outcome in mind.