Northern Florida Episcopal church for sale after split

Posted by Kendall Harmon

An Episcopal church vacated by its congregation in a theological dispute has been put on sale by the Jacksonville-based Diocese of Florida.

Bishop Samuel Johnson Howard said he hopes the 5.3-acre All Souls Episcopal campus in Mandarin will become the eventual home of a ministry or school instead of being sold for the current $2.8 million asking price.

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1. Irenaeus wrote:

Bishop Samuel Johnson Howard said he hopes the 5.3-acre All Souls Episcopal campus in Mandarin will become the eventual home of a ministry or school

Or perhaps a nudist colony. But not an orthodox Anglican church.

December 29, 4:28 pm | [comment link]
2. nwlayman wrote:

The departing congregation should wait a few months.  I bet it sits and sits…Then offer the bishop the following terms:  Charge him to occupy it and keep it from being vandilized.  Wait for the price to drop.  Buy it as distressed, which it is.  They hold all the cards, he has a vacant building to maintain.

December 29, 5:20 pm | [comment link]
3. Irenaeus wrote:

NWLayman [#2]: I like your advice but fear that it may presuppose a bishop and denomination more economically rational than Bp. Howard and ECUSA. Payback, deterrence, and prideful combativeness shape their approach to church property disputes. But that approach will eventually become a luxury they can’t afford.

December 29, 5:44 pm | [comment link]
4. Daniel wrote:

Hmmm!  If there is a vast, conservative, Anglican conspiracy, I wonder if some rich, undisclosed principal might buy this church for ostensibly secular purposes and then turn around and donate it to an Anglican congregation.

December 29, 11:02 pm | [comment link]
5. Cennydd wrote:

It could happen.  But then, that wouldn’t make Mrs Schori and David booth Beers happy, would it?

December 29, 11:42 pm | [comment link]
6. robroy wrote:

If it sits idly for long enough, it will erase any profits that he makes.

December 30, 1:16 am | [comment link]
7. Cennydd wrote:

And given the current state of the real estate market, it will sit empty for a very long time…...unless, of course, they let it go to an Anglican congregation.

December 30, 10:25 am | [comment link]
8. CharlesB wrote:

Maybe Mr. Madoff will buy it and donate it to Jewish charities.  Maybe GM will buy it and open a new dealership for Hummers.  Just a couple a thinking-outside-the-box ideas . . .

December 30, 12:20 pm | [comment link]
9. Irenaeus wrote:

Maybe Mr. Madoff will buy it and donate it to Jewish charities

Mr. Madoff is otherwise occupied. But if he’d thought of it earlier, he could have sold vacation time shares in the property, sight unseen.

December 30, 2:56 pm | [comment link]
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