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The next steps a local Methodist Church should take when they wish to leave the UMC and retain their property. Part 7

This is the seventh blog in a series of discussions of informing local Methodist Churches how other churches have been able to leave The United Methodist Church denomination and retain their property. In the first blog of this series, I outlined the Supreme Court guidelines […]

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How does a Court decide who owns the property of a local United Methodist Church? Part 6

In the first blog of this series, I outlined the Supreme Court guidelines as to how religious property disputes are to be evaluated under state law. The second blog reviewed the governance of the United Methodist Church and how the “Connectional” nature of the denomination […]

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How does a Court decide who owns the property of a local church departing from The United Methodist Church? Part 5

In the first blog of this series, I outlined the Supreme Court guidelines as to how religious property disputes are to be evaluated under state law. The second blog reviewed the governance of the United Methodist Church and how the “Connectional” nature of the denomination […]

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How does a Court decide who owns the property of a local church departing from The United Methodist Church? Part 4

In this first blog of this series, I outlined the Supreme Court guidelines as to how religious property disputes are to be evaluated under state law. The second blog reviewed the governance of the United Methodist Church and how the “Connectional” nature of the denomination […]

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How does a Court decide who owns the property of a local church departing from The United Methodist Church? Part 3

In the first blog, I discussed Supreme Court precedent addressing religious property disputes and how they are handled. The second blog addressed Methodist governance.  And in this blog, I will discuss the Trust Clause set forth in the United Methodist Book of Discipline. The Trust Clause was […]

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How does a Court decide who owns the property of a local church departing from The United Methodist Church? Part 2

In the last blog, I reviewed Supreme Court precedent on religious property disputes. As noted in that blog, the decision of a Court will rest upon the governance of a denomination. In this  blog, I will address the governance of The United Methodist Church. Methodist […]

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How does a Court decide who owns the property of a local church departing from The United Methodist Church? Part 1

The history of religious growth in the United States can be traced in no small part to the frequency of schism within religious organizations, which is to be expected where the First Amendment absolutely protects the right to believe whatever one chooses. One result is […]

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Public School Closings Open Door to Religious Schools and Set Stage for State and Local Legal Battles

Hundreds of thousands of parents across the country just learned that their local public schools will be closing. In Chicago alone, 330,000 students will be denied in-person instruction. Panicked parents, who are already familiar with the difficulties and inadequacies of remote learning, are looking for […]

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Religious Liberty Year In Review

  • December 29, 2021
  • by Noel Sterett
  • Category: Firm News

The week between Christmas and New Year’s provides a moment to slow down and reflect on the year that has come and gone. While harried lawyers can miss this moment in the rush to turn the calendar over and start on next year’s work, reflection […]

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Seven Common Operating Agreement Mistakes to Avoid

  • December 21, 2021
  • by Zana Tomich
  • Category: Firm News

An operating agreement is a crucial, foundational document used by limited liability companies in Michigan (and elsewhere) to govern how major decisions are made, how ownership is structured, and other important functions. It’s a contract that binds the owners to an agreed upon set of […]

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