Officials with the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Virginia are being asked to end a two-year legal battle over church property.
Late last year, a Virginia court issued final rulings in favor of nine churches in the Anglican District of Virginia (ADV), finding that each had a legal right to their church property. The churches had been sued by the Episcopal Church after the congregations left the denomination over its liberal leanings.
Now, the Episcopal Church and the Virginia Diocese have appealed the judge's ruling. Jim Oakes, vice chairman of ADV, says it is time to stop the legal wrangling.
"As Christians, we would far rather use our resources for more important things than battling things out in court," says Oakes. "It's really time to put our swords down and find ways to work together in joint ministry -- and we would love to do that."
Twenty-five churches make up the ADV. The district is affiliated the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA), a missionary branch of the Church of Nigeria and other Anglican archbishops.