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Arguments in Episcopal break in eastern South Carolina winding up

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ST. GEORGE, South Carolina — The trial stemming from the Episcopal division in eastern South Carolina is ending after three weeks of testimony.

Friday is expected to be the last day of testimony in Dorchester County Court in St. George.

Conservative Episcopal churches in the eastern and lower part of the state left the more liberal national church almost two years ago amid differences over a variety of theological issues, including the authority of Scripture and the ordination of gays.

Those parishes then went to court to protect the name and symbols the Diocese of South Carolina has operated under for years. They are also seeking to protect the titles to a half billion dollars in property controlled by the churches that split with the national church.

The national church says the split was improper

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