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Episcopal groups settle dispute

POSTED: May 5, 2012 5:00 p.m.

SAVANNAH — Two feuding Episcopal church groups have settled a long-running dispute, years after a Savannah congregation split from the Episcopal Church amid a dispute over homosexuality.

The Savannah Morning News reports that the two sides have resolved all remaining issues in the split involving Savannah’s historic Christ Church that spurred years of legal battles.

The breakaway Christ Church congregation has been fighting for years for ownership of a downtown Savannah sanctuary, built in 1840. The church was established by Georgia’s colonial founders in 1733.

Under the agreement announced Thursday, the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia will retain all endowment funds, property and assets of Christ Church and retain the exclusive right to use “Christ Church, Savannah,” and “the Mother church of Georgia.”

The departing congregation will reincorporate as “Christ Church Anglican.”

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