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Moving Forward after the Methodist Annual Conferences

  • July 4, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Most of the United Methodist Church annual conferences are over and the delegates are selected for the next General Conference in Minneapolis in 2020.  The question is what does the result of the annual conferences mean for the local church. Is it time to consider […]

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Talking about RLUIPA to the Arizona Bar Association: Why do we need RLUIPA when we have the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses in the First Amendment?

  • June 28, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

I had the opportunity to talk with attorneys in Arizona about Religious Land Use and Zoning at the annual meeting of the Arizona Bar Association and was asked to address the question of why do we need RLUIPA when we have the Free Exercise and […]

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The degree of a “Prevailing Party” for Attorney Fees in a RLUIPA action argued in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals

  • June 10, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Today we argued in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City  the issue of how much success must a party have to be a “prevailing party,” to secure attorney fees recoverable under RLUIPA. The United States District Court held below that under […]

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More details on the Methodist Disaffiliation Plan

  • April 26, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

The Judicial Council, the Supreme Court of The United Methodist Church, held that the legislation adopted by the General Conference in February 2019 providing a path for churches to leave the denomination is constitutional. There is now a path out of the denomination for local […]

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An interesting perspective on splitting the United Methodist Church

  • March 31, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Much has been written since the St. Louis General Conference on the reasons for the United Methodist Church to remain together or to separate.  I commend to you this article outlining the reasons why the denomination should split. If you wish to read more about […]

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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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