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Diocese Rebuts Amici Brief Defending Justice Hearn
The Code of Judicial Conduct still requires recusal.
Quotes from today’s filed Response:
+ Regarding Justice Hearn’s interest in the outcome, the amici brief “simply disregards the evidence provided with the Motion to Recuse.” [p. 4]
Diocese Announces Schedule for Mediation
Statement by the Rev. Canon Jim Lewis:
“In a pre-mediation meeting today with Judge Joseph Anderson, it was determined that mediation would be conducted November 6-8 in Columbia, South Carolina. Both State and Federal cases will be addressed by the mediation. Confidentiality will be expected from all parties concerning these discussions.”
Diocese of South Carolina Healthcare Renewal 2017
Medical Insurance Information for Active Employees
The Diocese of South Carolina Healthcare Renewal 2017
The Diocese of South Carolina’s group health plan through Blue Cross Blue Shield is set to renew on October 1, 2017. This renewal has been particularly challenging as we strive to maintain effective as well as affordable coverage. In order to sustain our current self insurance plan we would be forced to increase premiums well beyond what we feel is reasonable and affordable. The good news is that our new affiliation with the Anglican Church in North America allows us to enroll on the ACNA employer group health plan. The ACNA plan is a fully insured plan covered through United Healthcare. The ACNA plan is covered through United Healthcare with a nationally recognized network of physicians and facilities. We are very pleased to announce that the premium rates with United Healthcare HSA plan are below what we would have experienced had we renewed on the Blue Cross Blue Shield plan.
All currently covered members will be automatically enrolled into the United Healthcare HSA plan to be effective 10/1/2017. You will not need to submit any forms in order to roll over into the new coverage. Below are PDF documents with important information about the 2017 healthcare renewal for the Diocese of South Carolina.
Diocese of South Carolina Rebuttal of TEC Recusal and Rehearing Arguments
Statement by the Rev. Canon Jim Lewis:
“Today’s filings by the Diocese of South Carolina address the property law issues at the heart of this case. TEC failed to establish a trust interest in property, of any sort, that can be recognized under 300 years of existing South Carolina legal precedent. And to claim such an interest now is to grant TEC favored status against the Diocese and its parishes, establishing one church body over another. This is inconsistent with opinions of the United States Supreme Court that truly “neutral” principles of state law must be applied as they would be in any other case.
Further, the timeliness of our request for recusal is not an issue before an appellate court. The public confidence in and the credibility of the Court is! The most effective way to assure both is the recusal of Justice Hearn and the vacating of her opinion. A ruling free from conflict of interest is not a right that can be waived.”
The Diocese also provided the following list of additional details:
• In 2012, the Diocese of South Carolina, along with 50 of its congregations voted by an 80% margin to disassociate from The Episcopal Church. In a complicated and sharply divided ruling consisting of five separate opinions, the S.C. Supreme Court appeared to rule on August 2 this year that parishes which had “acceded” to the national church are subject to a trust interest in their property by (TEC).
Op-Ed in Post & Courier: Court ruling imperils freedom to worship, sanctions confiscation
The following op-ed appeared in the Post and Courier September 16, 2017. It is reprinted with permission.
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Daffodil Garden Planted in Honor of the Rev. Bob H...
Fr. Bob Horowitz was surprised by the St. Jude's Church family by the planting of a daffodil garden in his honor after services on December 11