Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Court Defers To Ecclesiastical Decision In Church Control Lawsuit
Kim v. The True Church Members of the Holy Hill Community Church, (Cal. App., May 21, 2015), involves a dispute between two factions of a Los Angeles congregation that was part of a presbytery of the Korean American Presbytery Church. The congregation owns valuable property on Los Angeles' Sunset Boulevard. The dispute involved attempts by one faction to excommunicate members of the other and an attempt to withdraw the congregation from the parent church body. The California state appeals court affirmed the trial court's decision deferring to the determination by the parent body of the congregation.