South Carolina Supreme Court rules property belongs to Episcopal Church
Posted by EDFW Staff Writer on August 2, 2017The South Carolina Supreme Court has said that nearly all the property involved in litigation between a breakaway group and The Episcopal Church belongs to The Episcopal Church. The Court heard the case nearly two years ago.
Read several stories here. Read the South Carolina Supreme Court opinion here. Bishop Skip Adams of South Carolina said, “We are grateful for this decision and for the hard work of the court in rendering it. We also give thanks to God for the faithfulness, support, and sacrifices of countless Episcopalians within our diocese and throughout the Church… It is important to note that the legal system allows for periods of judicial review and possible appeal, so it will be some time before we can say with certainty what the journey ahead will look like. Please be patient and know that we will keep you updated along the way as information becomes available to us… We can give thanks to God while avoiding excessive celebration. Kindness and graciousness are in order. Remember that our ultimate goal is reconciliation and unity, joining with our Lord in the desire that we all may be one.” Bishop Scott Mayer said, “We rejoice with the Episcopalians in South Carolina over the recent ruling of their state Supreme Court. We better than most understand what they have endured since the former bishop and others left The Episcopal Church and claimed Episcopal Church property. I applaud Bishop Adams’ statement, especially his reminder that “the ultimate goal is reconciliation and unity, joining with our Lord in the desire that we all may be one.” “I also appreciate his reminder that “the legal system allows for periods of judicial review and possible appeal, so it will be some time before we can say with certainty what the journey ahead will look like.” His plea resonates with us, as we await the ruling of the Appeals Court of Fort Worth in our own case. “Please hold everyone in South Carolina in your prayers, just as we hold our companions in the breakaway group in our prayers.” According to the Charleston Post and Courier, “The S.C. Supreme Court identified seven parishes for which no documentation of accession to the Dennis Canon could be found. Because it appears these parishes never agreed to the 1979 law regarding their obligation to hold property in trust for The Episcopal Church, the court decided they may remain independent of the church. These parishes are:
Christ the King Grace Church, Waccamaw
St. Matthew’s Church, Darlington
St. Andrew’s Church-Mount Pleasant
St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Conway
Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church, Georgetown
St. John’s Church, Florence
St. Matthias Church, Summerton
“Twenty-nine other parishes, including the historic Charleston parishes of St. Philip’s, St. Michael’s and Old St. Andrew’s Parish, were considered by the court to be part of The Episcopal Church.”
Star-Telegram covers refugee family being helped by Episcopalians The Fort Worth Star-Telegram published a story on Friday, February 2, 2017, about the family of Syrian refugees who arrived late Wednesday night. Read excerpts from the story below.
Syrian refugee family arrives in Fort Worth during pause in travel banFahmi Mousa Al Kazma has been looking for a safe place to raise his six children since 2011, when militias forced the farmer out of his village near Aleppo, Syria.The family’s new safe haven is a four-bedroom apartment in Fort Worth. They arrived Wednesday night during a window of opportunity thanks to a federal judge’s halt last week of President Donald Trump’s ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries. “We just wanted to arrive,” the-38-year-old father said in Arabic through an interpreter. “We were on the plane [with] our hearts in our hands.” The family almost arrived Feb. 2, but Trump’s travel ban for Syrians and citizens of six other countries threw up a roadblock. Mousa’s family had been vetted before the order was signed. The family is the first group of refugees to arrive in Fort Worth since the ban was blocked. The countries covered under the ban are Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iran, Iraq and Yemen. “We kind of look at this as our miracle family,” said Chris Kelley, a spokesman for Refugee Services of Texas in Dallas. . . Refugee Services of Texas is working with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services to help the family. Volunteers from St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Arlington, St. Christopher Episcopal Church and Trinity Episcopal Church in Fort Worth are helping, too. They helped furnish the family’s apartment. The volunteer work follows a recent plea to aid refugees by several local faith leaders. “We want to make sure everyone feels welcome and our tradition has a strong emphasis on welcoming the stranger and offering hospitality,” said the Rev. Tracie Middleton, who is on the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth staff.
The story also featured a quote from Bishop J. Scott Mayer.