Falls Church, one of the oldest congregations here in Virginia, broke away from the Episcopal church due to its rampant disregard of historic Christianity. The congregation, one of the largest in that denomination, affiliated itself with an archbishop from Nigeria. The Episcopal church sued, claiming that it now should get the congregation’s property. But a court last Thursday ruled in favor of the congregation, which will also mean that 11 other conservative parishes in Virginia that are breaking away will also get to keep their property. See this.
There is so much here that is interesting: conservatives revolt against liberal theology; the liberals’ heavy-handed tactics against them; the role of “third world” Christianity–the old mission field–now becoming the protectors of the historic faith in the “first world” that once sent the missionaries.