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Department of Justice Files Statement of Interest Supporting Hope Lutheran Church

  • March 19, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett
  • Category: RLUIPA

This morning the Department of Justice filed a statement of interest in support of Dalton & Tomich client Hope Lutheran Church in its religious land use case against St. Ignace, Michigan. The Department of Justice files statements of interest when it determines that a case […]

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Seventh Circuit Upholds Clergy Housing Allowance As Constitutional

  • March 15, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett
  • Category: RLUIPA

Today, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision upholding the constitutionality of the clergy housing allowance. Rather than wait until to see if the Supreme Court would clarify its currently jumbled Establishment Clause jurisprudence (as we recently speculated they might), the Seventh Circuit ruled […]

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

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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Noel Sterett Comments on Status of Case Challenging Clergy Housing Allowance

  • March 12, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett
  • Category: RLUIPA

Recently, Church Law & Tax, a publication which helps church leaders stay up-to-date on legal and tax matters, asked Dalton & Tomich attorney Noel Sterett to comment on the status of the case challenging the constitutionality of the clergy housing allowance. In an article which can […]

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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
  • Category: RLUIPA

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

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

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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Supreme Court Upholds Rights of Beach-walkers on Lake Michigan

Last week, the United States Supreme Court confirmed that the Lake Michigan shoreline in Indiana is held by the State in public trust for all residents. The Court effectively did this by denying a petition for certiorari by lakefront landowners which sought to challenge the […]

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

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

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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