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THE PRIESTHOOD OF THE LAW

Pastors, priests and professional ministers will sometimes bristle at the idea of “lay persons” infiltrating their profession and exercising their duties and functions.  It should come as no surprise that in secular courts, the church entity, typically a corporation or association, cannot be represented by the clergy but must be represented by a lawyer.  279 more words

UNINCORPORATED ASSOCIATIONS AND CHURCH CORPORATIONS

In the beginning, all churches were unincorporated associations.  The demands of modern accounting and property ownership, including liability risk management, pressed the unincorporated association to incorporate.  425 more words

COMPELLING GOVERNMENT INTEREST IS ALWAYS COMPELLING - ESPECIALLY WHEN IT IS ABOUT TRAFFIC

There is nothing more annoying than when a statute passed to remediate a wrong is simply defined out of existence by judicial fiat.  The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (“RLUIPA”), 42 U.S.C. 467 more words

The Complexity and Duplicity of Deciphering the New Ukrainian Law on Religion

by Anatoliy Babynskyi

The problem of conversions between religious communities has existed in Ukraine  since the late 1980s and early 1990s,  when the country was struggling for independence and its religious map was being formed. 964 more words

BOARDS AND TITLES

Church boards are called by a plethora of names and titles.  Some of the names and titles are derived from scripture, some from state statutes, and some from old traditions no longer followed.  459 more words

BYLAWS AMENDMENTS AS ESCAPE HATCHES

The local church existed for 163 years and had been voluntarily affiliated with five different denominational groups.  Thus, this was not the situation often seen in which the local church was actually founded by the denomination.   473 more words

FINDING A BURNING BUSH -- CHURCH DOCUMENT AUTHENTICATION

When a church split spills out into the street and ends up in court in a jurisdiction that will apply neutral principles to decide the case, each side should be prepared to provide authenticated documentation of their right to own the church property or rule the church. 397 more words