The Episcopal Diocese reaches agreement with departed congregation
The Church of our Savior in Oatlands, which voted to leave the Episcopal Church in 2006, has signed a five year agreement with the Diocese of Virginia.
The parish was among nine congregations that left the Diocese, but continue to occupy church property. The case has been in court for four years. The Virginia Supreme Court overturned a lower court decision that had favored the argument of the departed congregations that they could stay where they were.
Burt: The Church of Our Savior Oatlands will abandon its claim to the Oatlands church property; they will enter into a five-year lease for a quite reasonable rent.
Henry Burt is Secretary of the Diocese.
Burt: It's our hope that this will open the door for additional settlements.
Eight congregations are still involved in property disputes with the Diocese of Virginia.
Burt: There's no question that an agreed-upon resolution between the parties is better than a resolution imposed by a judge. The church should be about finding a way through these disagreements, and it's certainly our hope that a number of these other congregations will enter into that process with us.
John Ogle, WCVE News