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Asbury's governance woes, Calif. Episcopal church property, and charges filed against abortion doctor.
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The Association of Theological Schools has given Asbury Theological Seminary until 2009 to resolve governance problems or risk losing accreditation. After visiting the school, the association concluded that Asbury "does not adequately define or implement the roles, responsibilities, and structure of administrators and faculty in governance and administration." A student filed a complaint after Asbury's board forced Jeffrey Greenway to resign as president in October 2006. An Asbury spokesperson said the association has helped the seminary "to focus and clarify a specific area of governance that the seminary will now be able to strengthen." Asbury said the process "is similar to the kind of periodic review and action all seminaries undergo comprehensively at least once every 10 years."

A California appeals courts reversed a lower-court ruling that had allowed three Episcopal churches to retain their property after leaving the denomination in 2004. The conservative churches in North Hollywood, Newport Beach, and Long Beach have joined the Anglican Province of Uganda. Eric Sohlgren, lead lawyer for the three churches, criticized the July reversal, arguing, "What the court said here was that if a hierarchical church wants to take control of local church property, all it has to do is pass a rule." Churches in Virginia are locked in a similar struggle with the Episcopal Church.

• Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison filed 19 misdemeanor charges against George Tiller, a Wichita doctor who performs late-term abortions. Morrison alleges that Tiller broke a Kansas law by procuring second opinions from a doctor who has financial ties to him. Tiller contributed thousands of dollars in 2006 to Morrison's successful campaign ...

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