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Church Property Disputes/Denominational Splits

How to clean up the membership list of a local United Methodist Church

  • August 12, 2021
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

It is critically important to determine who is a member of the local Methodist church, and, clean up the membership role prior to taking a vote to disaffiliate from the Annual Conference of a United Methodist Church. This is an issue that needs to be […]

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Christ Church of Fairview Heights, Illinois leaves the United Methodist Church and retains its property

  • May 19, 2021
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

We are pleased to announce that our client, the former Christ United Methodist Church of Fairview Heights, Illinois Inc, successfully and amicably separated from the Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.  The joint press release provides as follows: The Illinois Great […]

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A Constitutional Separation Protocol and 2022 General Conference is doubtful for the United Methodist Church

  • April 18, 2021
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

On Friday April 16, 2021, the United Methodist Judicial Council released an important decision concerning the future of the proposed Separation Protocol. The opinion touches on two important topics: Advisory Opinions and the Constitutionality of a Separation Protocol. It is clear that the Judicial Council will […]

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Texas Court strikes down the Methodist Trust Clause

  • April 11, 2021
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

In a landmark decision, a Dallas Texas County Court invalidated the enforcement of the United Methodist Trust Clause in favor of  Southern Methodist University thereby freeing it from property ownership claims of the South-Central Jurisdictional Conference of the United Methodist Church. The Court entered an order dismissing […]

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The 5 myths you might have heard about the UMC trust clause – and why it might not be as scary as you think.

  • March 6, 2021
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Many pastors who are considering leaving the United Methodist Church think the trust clause is a set-in-stone rule that can’t be beat – and that’s simply not true! I hope this blog helps provide a bit more understanding about how the law around it works […]

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Delaying the UMC General Conference to deny a vote on the Separation Protocol

  • February 26, 2021
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

The United Methodist Church once again took steps on February 26, 2021 to ignore the concerns of local Methodist Churches and kick the proverbial can down the road of the schism within the denomination by rejecting the opportunity to have an amicable resolution to the […]

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The U.S. Supreme Court allows Local Churches to keep their Property in Religious Property Disputes

  • February 22, 2021
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

In a huge blow to the Episcopal Church, and an enormous threat to the United Methodist Church, the United States Supreme Court today denied the final appeal of the Episcopal Church in its dispute concerning ownership of religious property with the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, […]

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Options for the local Methodist Church with no vote on the Separation Protocol

  • February 18, 2021
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

It is fairly clear that a vote on the Protocol will not occur in 2021. And it is likely that there will not be any type of action taken on the proposed separation protocol is not addressed until 2024. It is time for local Methodist […]

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Laying the groundwork to abandon the proposed UMC Separation Protocol

  • February 13, 2021
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

If you are following the news involving the United Methodist Church, you may have heard of the Separation Protocol – a proposal to split the United Methodist Church into three denominations. The proposal was announced with much fanfare one year ago and celebrated by many […]

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A brief explanation of the Reformed Church plan to separate

  • February 11, 2021
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

The Reformed Church of America (RCA) is debating how best to separate into different denominations based on significant theological debates. A team called “Vision 20/20” evaluated the issues and proposed a plan of separation. Watch this video to learn more. Should you have additional questions […]

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