LA CRESCENTA — The governing body of St. Luke's of the Mountains Anglican Church voted unanimously on Monday to appeal a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruling that the La Crescenta church's property belongs to the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.
A majority of St. Luke's congregants voted in February 2006 to split from the Los Angeles Diocese and Episcopal Church USA, citing theological differences with the larger church. The church, then St. Luke's of the Mountains Episcopal Church, joined the Anglican Province of Uganda, reaffirming its membership in the worldwide Anglican Communion.
The diocese, in turn, sued St. Luke's, arguing that the church property is held in trust for the Episcopal Church.
"What's at stake is the church property of St. Luke's," said Debbie Kollgaard, St. Luke's senior warden. "It would mean that we would not be able to worship in that building anymore. We would be kicked out."