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Friday, August 14, 2009 - 11:55am

'Mother Church' of Georgia Anglicanism Up in the Air

Updated: 5 years ago.
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.

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