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Church Property Disputes/Denominational Splits

Park and pray? Church wins preliminary injunction against City of St. Pete Beach, which attempted to forbid public parking in Church’s lot

  • January 28, 2021
  • by Emily

City’s punitive measures restricting religious exercise of Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church likely violate federal law     Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications;; 248.260.8466; Dan Dalton;; 248.229.2329   St. Pete Beach, Fla.—January 27, 2021—Daniel Dalton, a religious property and land use attorney with […]

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Quick RLUIPA Win in New York: Consent Decree Frees Mount Zion Ministries Church to Locate in Whitestown

  • February 10, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

The only thing better than a win is a quick win. Case in point, just over a week after we filed suit on behalf of Mount Zion Ministries Church (also operating as Redeemer Church), we were able to obtain an order protecting the church’s right […]

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The Three takeaways from the Third Global Gathering of the Wesleyan Covenant Association

  • November 4, 2018
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

  It was a privilege to attend the Third Annual Global gathering of the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) meeting in Marietta, Georgia on Saturday November 3, 2018.  Having attended the prior gatherings in Houston, Texas and Chicago, Illinois, it was good to see how much […]

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The Methodist Way Forward? The Judicial Council Decision and its impact on the local Methodist Church

  • October 29, 2018
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

On Friday October 26, 2018 the Judicial Conference issued its opinion concerning the constitutionality of the One Church Plan and the Traditional Plan that will be presented to the General Conference of the United Methodist Church in February 2019. In sum, the Judicial Council ruled […]

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Denominational Trust Clauses: Indiana’s Adoption of Trust Clause Interpretation

  • June 27, 2016
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

  The Church of the Brethren, South/Central Indiana District (“the Denomination”) is composed of forty-five Church of Brethren congregations located across Indiana, and dates back to 1708. The Roann Church of Brethren, Inc. and the Roann Church, Inc. (“the Congregation”) traces its origins to mission […]

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Civil RICO Claims, Mars Hills Church and the Church

  • March 2, 2016
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

It has been reported that two former families who attended and gave tithes and offerings to the former Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington are suing its former Pastor, Mark Driscoll, and several others alleging federal civil RICO claims. Is there a viable civil RICO […]

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