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How the financial collapse of the United Methodist Church affects the local church

The financial impact of remaining within the United Methodist Church, the move to another denomination or simply to become independent is a factor the local church must consider when evaluating its relationship with the denomination after the May 2020 General Conference. In this past decade, […]

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Options for Your Church Under the UMC Separation Protocol

The announcement of the United Methodist Church’s Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace through Separation has left many local church leaders wondering “What does the separation plan mean my church?” Regardless of whether the local church desires to remain with the UMC, leave the denomination or […]

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Dalton & Tomich releases eBook and video on United Methodist Church separation protocol for church leaders

Reference guide, available on firm’s website, presents step-by-step actions to help answer questions and address RLUIPA, pension, and ministry needs before the General Conference in May  Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus   Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Detroit—February 11, 2020—Daniel P. Dalton, a religious property attorney who represents […]

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

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 Proposed Methodist Separation Protocol and the Independent Church

The draft Separation Protocol legislation has been introduced confirming the Separation Protocol introduced by the sixteen leaders of the United Methodist Church representing the five affinity groups within the denomination. As noted previously, the goal of the Separation Protocol was finding a way for an […]

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The Accurate Primer on Methodist Church Property Law

A local congregation is free to walk away from the United Methodist Church at any time. Just like any congregant who decides to leave a congregation, a local church can vote to leave the denomination. That is a rule without exceptions The critical question is […]

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Comparing the Separation Proposals of the United Methodist Church

While the detail still need to be drafted, and the plans vetted by the Judicial Council, the UMC News Service published a chart setting forth the various proposals to be discussed and voted on at the May 2020 General Conference. At this moment in time, the […]

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How a Pending Supreme Court Case and the Growing School Choice Movement Could Lead to More Religious Land Use Cases

This week is National School Choice Week. And coincidentally, just last week the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a key school choice case with significant religious liberty concerns. The case, Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, involves a scholarship program that provides […]

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Federal Court Denies Motion to Dismiss RLUIPA School Case

It is well known to RLUIPA practitioners that the statute does not apply only to traditional worship assemblies. RLUIPA also applies to other religious institutions such as schools. This is important because many state and local laws are written in a way that favors public […]

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Who Owns it: (Trade) Fixtures in Commercial Leasing

In the commercial leasing world there remains much contention between the classification of fixtures and trade fixtures, and who, as between landlord and tenant, owns what. So, what’s the difference? Simply put, a fixture is a thing which becomes part of the property when it […]

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