Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Episcopal Diocese Settles With Break-Away Congregations Without Lawsuit

Episcopal News Service yesterday reported on the final steps in an amicable settlement between the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, Washington and two break-away congregations that ultimately joined the more conservative Anglican Church In North America. (Background.)  Unusual in this time of litigation, the settlement was reached over ten years without any lawsuits being filed.  Two years after the 2004 split, the parties signed a covenant agreement that called for no legal action to be taken before 2014, and for the break-away congregations to temporarily continue to meet in the meantime in their traditional buildings. Now those properties have been returned fully to the Episcopal Diocese, and the break-away congregations have found worship space elsewhere.