Historically Black St. Matthias Ministries Church in Long Island Is Locked in a Fierce Legal Battle as Church Is Suing to Split from the Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Diocese of Long Island is in a court battle to evict congregants of the historically black St. Matthias Ministries church and sell the property in Wantagh.

The Episcopal Diocese of Long Island is trying to evict the congregants at St. Matthias Ministries church in Wantagh. St. Matthias was a mission of the diocese from 1904 until 2009, when diocese declared the church closed. The congregants have split from the Episcopal church and are suing to keep their house of worship. Videojournalist: Chuck Fadely (Oct. 21, 2013) (December 28, 2013 5:50 PM)
Congregants of the church contend such a sale would sacrifice a century-old piece of the Island's African-American history. They have countersued to gain title to the property, claiming ownership rights under state law, and...

Source: Newsday | PATRICK WHITTLE  patrick.whittle@newsday.com
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