Christ Church, Savannah, at center of lawsuit, controversy

There are technically two Christ Church congregations in Savannah. They have dueling Internet websites — and an ongoing legal contest.

The conservative members are meeting in the historic building — which is associated with figures from Georgia history including John Wesley, George Whitefield, Juliette Gordon Low and Johnny Mercer. The website of the other group states: ” Christ Church Episcopal is currently meeting at St. Michael and All Angels located on the corner of Washington and Waters Avenues in Savannah.”

The congregation dates to 1733, and the current meetinghouse — a majestic Greek temple — was built in 1840.

The group meeting there has asked the Georgia Supreme Court to review a recent ruling of the Court of Appeals upholding Judge Michael Karpf’s October 2009 decision that Christ Church holds its property in trust for the Diocese of Georgia and The Episcopal Church.

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