Moving to a Pension Plan In 2004, the United Methodist Church made a financial decision relative to the retirement benefits of Methodist clergy contrary to most other religious and private entities: it moved from a 401k retirement plan to a traditional pension plan. The New […]Read More
Since its creation in 1968, the United Methodist Church has struggled to define its theology. The adaption of cultural norms and the failure to define its basic theology has resulted in a dramatic decline in membership in the denomination. In the United States, for example, membership […]Read More
The law firm of Dalton & Tomich PLC has successfully represented many local churches throughout the United States who have left the United Methodist Church, the Episcopal Church and the Presbyterian USA denomination over the past decade. Many local congregations wish to leave their […]Read More
It was a privilege to attend the Third Annual Global gathering of the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) meeting in Marietta, Georgia on Saturday November 3, 2018. Having attended the prior gatherings in Houston, Texas and Chicago, Illinois, it was good to see how much […]Read More
On Friday October 26, 2018 the Judicial Conference issued its opinion concerning the constitutionality of the One Church Plan and the Traditional Plan that will be presented to the General Conference of the United Methodist Church in February 2019. In sum, the Judicial Council ruled […]Read More
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 […]Read More
As noted previously, the United States Supreme Court had two cases before it where it had the opportunity to provide a clear direction in the law on denominational trust clause cases and guidance on the ownership of Church property. Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied […]Read More
As noted earlier this year, the Diocese of South Carolina asked the United States Supreme Court to review the enforceability of trust clauses. The Supreme Court ordered the Episcopal Church to file a response, which, occurred on May 8, 2018. In addition to the response […]Read More
In a case pending in the Spokane, Washington Superior Court captioned Mead Community Church v. the Pacific Northwest Conference, the Court decided that the enforceability of the United Methodist Trust Clause must go to trial. The Church Established in the 1880’s, Mead Community Church is a small […]Read More
In The Episcopal Church v. Salazar, (TX App, April 5, 2018), a Texas Court of Appeals panel issued a 178-page ruling, concluding in part, that denominational trust clauses are not enforceable. With wide-ranging implications, and with a strong basis on the law, the Court concluded […]Read More
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