City wants church to remove homeless from property

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The city of Nashville is taking a local church to court over a homeless encampment on the property.

Green Street Church of Christ Pastor Jim Atwood told The Tennessean that his congregation believes that the church's property belongs to God. They are merely its custodians.

Atwood said God is for the poor and homeless, so the church is for the poor and homeless.

To the city, the encampment of about 10 tents is a zoning violation.

Metro Nashville attorney Tom Cross said the city is trying to come to an agreement with the church before a November court date.

Cross said the city would like to help the church fulfill its mission while making sure health and safety concerns are met.

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