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Judge orders all parties into mediation in South Carolina church…

first_img In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Episcopal Church in South CarolinaPosted Jul 24, 2019 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Smithfield, NC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Property Featured Events Submit an Event Listing Submit a Press Release Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Belleville, IL Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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It was filed in November 2017 and cites the little-used Betterments Act statute to seek compensation from TECSC and The Episcopal Church for the cost of improvements made to the properties over the years. That suit followed a decision by the South Carolina Supreme Court on August 2, 2017 ruling that all diocesan property and the property of 29 parishes is held in trust for The Episcopal Church and TECSC.During the hearing, attorneys for TECSC and The Episcopal Church argued the grounds for dismissal of the case, per their motion filed on December 15, 2017. During the course of the arguments, Judge Dickson asked several questions on issues surrounding ownership and trusteeship of the involved properties.In response, the attorneys for the breakaway group primarily argued that the Supreme Court decision of August 2, 2017 does not, in their view, specifically identify the parishes that directly acceded to the Dennis Canon. That canon requires that church properties be held in trust on behalf of the diocese, to be used for the benefit of the Episcopal Church.The attorneys for the breakaway group argued that the court still needs to determine which parishes acceded to the Dennis Canon. Attorneys for TECSC and The Episcopal Church countered, noting that the Supreme Court already made that determination, identifying 29 parishes that acceded and are bound by the Dennis Canon. Both sides agreed that there were seven or eight parishes that did not accede to the canon, and therefore, those parishes are not a part of the underlying case.After both sides had a chance to present their positions to the court, Judge Dickson ordered the parties to return to mediation, even though both sides had agreed at a point earlier in the hearing that previous efforts toward mediation have not proved effective. From October 2017 to January 2018, the parties held four days of mediation ordered by U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel in connection with a separate federal lawsuit. No agreements resulted from that mediation, which was conducted by Senior U.S. District Judge Joseph F. Anderson, Jr. in Columbia, SC.Judge Dickson noted that mediation is now mandatory in circuit court, and it is his belief that because there are “problems of the court deciding church issues,” mediation would be the best way to resolve the “competing interests in this case.” He advised that his mediation order is “global and complete” for all cases before him involving the associated parties (other than the seven or eight parishes that all parties agreed are no longer involved).All parties agreed to select a new mediator, and the judge encouraged them to work together to select someone who is agreeable to both sides. Overall, the attorneys for TECSC were pleased with the tone of the hearing. “We have to  leave open the possibility that some things could change, and mediation would be effective,” said Chancellor Thomas Tisdale, Jr.No timetable was set for the next steps. Judge Dickson did not rule on the motion to dismiss the Betterments Act case, nor did he grant a stay (as requested by the breakaway group) that would put the case on hold until mediation is complete.​According to attorneys, mediation is best understood as a conversation, with a mediator directing and facilitating. The only way mediation results in any action is if all parties agree to a resolution in writing. 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Parents fear more disability terminations: ‘We were under immense pressure to have genetic counselling’

first_imgRadio NZ News 19 September 2019Family First Comment: In 2017 the prime minister promised abortion changes would not include removing the gestational limit of 20 weeks for an abortion on the grounds of disability. The Abortion Legislation Bill would allow abortion on the grounds of the woman’s well-being after 20 weeks, on the approval of one health practitioner. Disability groups said changes to the abortion law in Victoria, Australia in 2008 were not as liberal, yet in the following 10 years 1685 abortions were performed after 20 weeks on foetuses with a confirmed or suspected disability. Almost a third of them for Downs Syndrome.Some parents of children with disabilities say they’re concerned the bill will lead to more abortions on the grounds of disability.Parents of children with Downs Syndrome say attitudes have been changing since prenatal screening for disability was introduced about 10 years ago, and they’re afraid people with the disability are becoming more of a minority.Proponents of prenatal screening and the new abortion legislation say it’s all about giving women information, and choice.… the New Zealand Down Syndrome Association said there needed to be far more respect, and health practitioners needed to be aware of the stigma around Downs Syndrome, and they should provide more information and greater support.Diane Burnett is the Auckland representative for the association and said eight years ago when she had her daughter Jada, who has Downs Syndrome, the social and medical pressure was intense when she wanted to opt out of the prenatal screening process.“I didn’t want to have the pressure that medical professionals can put on you to terminate, and the social pressure,” she said.She said women are just not given the full picture when they find out.“They are given very medical and clinical information,” she said.“Figures on heart conditions and health conditions and hearing loss and eyesight problems, and people with Downs Syndrome are not the only people who have those issues.”“They’re not getting what it is actually like to have a child with Downs Syndrome.”NZ edging closer to eradicationWomen spoken to by Checkpoint said the developments in prenatal screening aimed at detecting disabilities has led to an assumption that women will want to terminate a pregnancy if they find out they are carrying a foetus who might have Downs Syndrome.They said that has led to a drop in Downs Syndrome births, and said there was a risk New Zealand could edge closer to what has happened in countries such as Iceland, which has almost completely eradicated it.Iceland has an early prenatal screening process that is not meant to be routine but around 85 percent of pregnant women go through it and almost everyone who receives a positive result for Downs Syndrome decide to terminate.The New Zealand Down Syndrome Association says the ratio here has dropped from 1 in 750 births to 1 in 1200, though those statistics are disputed.Ms Price said women needed more support and hope.“I just find those statistics incredibly heart-breaking,” she said.“I just feel like the world is going to miss out on something by not having Downs Syndrome present and I would just hate to get to the space where we don’t have people like Eden anymore.“I feel like New Zealand is kind of on the knife edge now. These diagnoses, when they come, they are so full of fear. There’s that awful crushing moment, of ‘this was not in the plan, what now?’ And somehow I think we need to do more, not in that moment to say ‘you know what that is a horrible problem let’s just get rid of it, but to say actually ‘there’s a lot of hope around this journey still’.“And I hope that stories like ours can help other women to see and families to see that this life is not a horrible experience, by any stretch.”….Eden’s mother, Rachel has signed an open letter to the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern regarding the bill decriminalising abortion. They say in 2017 the prime minister promised abortion changes would not include removing the gestational limit of 20 weeks for an abortion on the grounds of disabilityThe Abortion Legislation Bill would allow abortion on the grounds of the woman’s well-being after 20 weeks, on the approval of one health practitioner.Disability groups said changes to the abortion law in Victoria, Australia in 2008 were not as liberal, yet in the following 10 years 1685 abortions were performed after 20 weeks on foetuses with a confirmed or suspected disability. Almost a third of them for Downs Syndrome.But Professor Stone said choice was paramount and those who choose to have a Downs Syndrome child shouldn’t be telling everyone else to do the same.READ MORE: https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/2018714039/parents-fear-more-disability-terminations-we-were-under-immense-pressure-to-have-genetic-counsellinglast_img read more