Fri., August 14, 2009 3:55pm (EDT)

'Mother Church' of Georgia Anglicanism Up in the Air
By Orlando Montoya
Updated: 5 years ago

SAVANNAH, Ga.  —  
Ownership of the historic Christ Church Sanctuary in Savannah is being contested by divided Anglicans. (image by Wade Rockett)
Ownership of the historic Christ Church Sanctuary in Savannah is being contested by divided Anglicans. (image by Wade Rockett)
A Superior Court judge in Savannah today heard arguments in a trial that could determine the future of the "mother church" of Georgia Anglicanism.

A standing-room only crowd of about 80-people packed Superior Court Judge Michael Karp's courtroom as attorneys presented arguments over who owns historic Christ Church Sanctuary.

The church was one of several that split in a worldwide church dispute over theological issues, including gay bishops. Both the break-away congregation and the local Diocese claim the grand sanctuary in downtown Savannah.

Christ Church was Georgia's first Anglican church. Judge Karp said, he wouldn't issue a ruling for about a week.