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The UMC Exit Plan is on hold: Judicial Council to review April 23-26, 2019

  • March 13, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Another delay. Rather than following the will of the voters of the recent General Council, the Council of Bishops has asked the Judicial Council to rule on the constitutionality of the Exit Plan that was approved for local churches. Therefore, the exit ramp for local […]

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Speaking about RLUIPA: Daniel Dalton at the 33rd Annual Land Use Institute in Baltimore, Maryland

  • March 6, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Dan Dalton will be presenting a session on the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (commonly known as RLUIPA) at the 33rd Annual Land Use Institute in Baltimore, Maryland on Friday April 12, 2019. If you are a land use attorney attending the conference, or […]

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The Exit Plan from the Methodist Church

  • February 27, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

It has been a few hours since the General Council voted on approving the Traditional Plan and an Exit Plan for local churches who wish to leave the United Methodist denomination. The question for the local church now is whether it should consider leaving the […]

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The United Methodist Church General Conference 2019 (Day 4) –Exit Plans and the Traditional Plan Passes

  • February 26, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Observations from the Day Today, the Methodist Church did the one thing it typically does not do: it made a hard decision with respect to the future of the denomination.  The General Conference adopted the Traditional Plan and approved Exit Plans. This was a painful […]

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The United Methodist Church General Conference 2019 (Day 3) – The Debate over the Plans

  • February 25, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Observations from the Day Today was a long day of many, many mini-sermons. Depending on what you believe, the voters who approve the Traditional Plan are “evil, unbiblical and prudent,” while those who support the One Church Plan are, “immoral, selfish and self-righteous.” In other […]

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The United Methodist Church General Conference 2019 (Day 2) – Predicting the Vote

  • February 24, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Day Two:  Establishing the Process of Discussion and Voting My initial observations from the first full day as an observer of a United Methodist General Conference:  Theology. It is very clear that the United Methodist Church is united in name, only. The congregational nature of […]

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The Cross Church – A RLUIPA Church Land Use Success Story

  • February 24, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

It was my honor to return to Carlinville, Illinois on Sunday, February 24, 2019 to worship at The Cross Church. A decade ago, we worked with the Church and resolved a case allowing it to develop a former Walmart Store into a Church.  The once […]

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United Methodist Church General Conference 2019 – Perception vs. Reality (Day 1)

  • February 23, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Perception and reality are two very different things. Today, Saturday February 23, 2019, was set to be a day of discernment, prayer and worship for the attenders of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church.  While there was plenty of worship, the day truly […]

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Speaking about RLUIPA: Daniel Dalton to speak at the American Planning Association Conference in San Francisco, CA. on April 15, 2019

  • February 22, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Daniel Dalton will be presenting a session at the American Planning Association annual conference in San Francisco, California on April 15, 2019 on litigating Religious Land Use cases under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, commonly known as RLUIPA. If you are one […]

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RLUIPA in the United States Supreme Court

  • February 17, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Dalton & Tomich, PLC has been retained by the Three Hundred and Forty Two (342) parents of students who attend Tree of Life Christian School in Upper Arlington, Ohio to file an Amicus brief in support of the school’s request to have the United States […]

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