THE CONVENTION OF THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN THE DIOCESE OF TENNESSEE, ET AL. v. THE RECTOR, WARDENS, AND VESTRYMEN OF ST. ANDREW’S PARISH, A TENNESSEE CORPORATION

An Episcopal parish in Nashville asserted its intention to disassociate from The Diocese of Tennessee, causing the Diocese to file a declaratory judgment action to determine whether it or the local congregation owned and controlled the real and personal property where the local congregation worshiped. The trial court determined that The Episcopal Church is hierarchical, and based on the canons and constitutions of the Church and its Diocese, ruled that the local parish held the property in trust for the Diocese. The church appealed, and we affirm the trial court’s judgment.

Attorney 1: 

Blakeley Dossett Matthews, Benjamin M. Rose, James Matthew Blackburn, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellants, The Rector, Wardens, and Vestrymen of St. Andrew’s Parish, a Tennessee Corporation.

Attorney 2: 

John Richard Lodge, Jr., Anthony Joel McFarland, Wendy M. Warren, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellees, The Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Tennessee d/b/a The Diocese of Tennessee, a Tennessee Corporation and The Right Reverend John C. Bauerschmidt.

Judge: 
COTTRELL
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