church dispute shw 1977
Church dispute unsettled HAYWARD - Settlement of the dispute between two opposing opposing groups of members of Trinity Episcopal Church, 1798 D St., has been delayed for at least one more week. Oakland attorney Samuel Wagener, representing the group calling itself Ihe Committee Committee for the Proleclipn of Parishioners' Rights, said another another hearing has been scheduled scheduled for Wednesday in Alameda County .Superior Court. In the meantime, Wagener said, the committee will draft a plan for voting on issues affecting the church and submit it lo the court for review. The specific issues, which include the ordination of women women and withdrawal from the Episcopal Diocese of California California and Ihe national church body, are not being debated, committee members say. Their only demand is thai the issues be submitted to the entire church membership for a vote. ' The church's rector, Ihe Rev. Graham Lesser, the wardens and vestry members originally maintained that they alone had Ihe authority to vote on the issues. However, since the committee sought- legal recourse, the vestry . members have agreed lo a congregational vote.