In 2006 and 2007, several Northern Virginia churches, including The Falls Church, separated from the U.S. Episcopal Church (ECUSA) and the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia (Diocese) to join the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA) and the Anglican District of Virginia (ADV). That has resulted in lawsuits with ECUSA and the Diocese over ownership of the churches' property.
On April 29, 2009, attorneys representing the Anglican churches filed two briefs on their behalf (view them here and here) in the Virginia Supreme Court. The briefs respond to the request of ECUSA and the Diocese that the Court review the December 19, 2008 decision of Fairfax county Circuit Judge Bellows which resolved the ownership issue in the Anglican churches' favor (view that decision here). The briefs contend that Judge Bellows's decision was correct and should not be reviewed. The Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia has filed a brief supporting the Anglican churches (view it here).
The opposing briefs can be viewed here and here. An amicus ("friend of the court") brief supporting ECUSA and the Diocese can be viewed here. A second amicus brief for the Diocese can be viewed here.
Please continue to pray for the litigation and the attorneys involved.