Fairfax County Circuit Court told a Fairfax City congregation to turn over to the diocese they divorced at a ruling Monday.
Truro and six other congregations in Virginia left the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia in protest of the diocese's support of same-sex unions and the confirmation of a homosexual priest as bishop, according to a circuit court report.
The court ruled in favor of the congregation in January 2009, only to have it kicked back for a second look by the Virginia Supreme Court in June 2010.
Now the circuit court orders church members to give the Truro property and land to the Episopal Diocese. A final order from the court is expected in 45 days, according to Jim Oakes, spokesperson for the seven Anglican congregations.
The court ruling tells Truro to give up the church property and land to the diocese as well as all personal property acquired before Jan. 31, 2007.
"Although we are profoundly disappointed by today's decision, we offer our gratitude to Judge Bellows for his review of this case," said Oakes. "As we prayerfully consider our legal options, we above all remain steadfast in our effort to defend the historic Christian faith."
Where will the congregation go? There's no final word, but Bob Tate, Parish administrator at Truro Church, suggested to the church on a temporary basis at a Nov. 14 meeting.
There will be a prayer and worship service in Truro's main sanctuary at 7:30 tonight.
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