Canada: Voting error reveals same-sex marriage motion passed after all

first_img Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Associate Rector Columbus, GA Press Release Service Rector Smithfield, NC Anglican Communion, Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Washington, DC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Curate Diocese of Nebraska [Anglican Journal] In a stunning reversal, a recount of the vote to allow same-sex marriage in the Anglican Church of Canada showed that while the motion was originally reported to have failed by one vote in the order of clergy, it had, in fact, passed by one vote there.As a roomful of Anglicans from across Canada watched in surprise, hope and, in some cases, shock, a decision that had already caused a great deal of controversy in the past 24 hours was shown never to have been made in the first place.The July 11 vote to change the marriage canon had been a surprise for many. While it was popularly expected to be close, given that a 2/3 majority was needed in each of the orders of laity, clergy and bishops, the assumption had been that it would come down to the bishops.In fact, the motion appeared to have been scuttled by the Order of Clergy, with the vote originally recording 51 of 77 clergy in favor of changing the marriage canon.As it turns out, this number did not include the vote of Archdeacon Michael Thompson, general secretary of General Synod. With Thompson’s vote counted, it became 52 of 78 in favor, nudging the vote above the required threshold of a two-thirds majority.The error was caused by the electronic clickers used in voting, said General Synod Chancellor David Jones.Because Thompson’s position as an officer automatically makes him a member of General Synod, Thompson was not listed as a member of his order (clergy) in the electronic database, as would happen with any other delegate. Because he was not registered as a member of the clergy, the program that tabulated the results did not include his vote in the votes cast by members of the clergy.This was discovered when Canon Kevin Robertson, of the Diocese of Toronto, brought a motion to the floor of Synod on Tuesday afternoon calling for the list of how each member had voted on the marriage canon to be made public (it had been decided that this information would be recorded during the legislative session leading up to the vote).After the motion passed and the information was made public, the votes were recounted and it was discovered that Thompson’s had not been included in the numbers for the order of clergy.Thompson was not the only victim of reported irregularities: Archdeacon Pierre Voyer, of the Diocese of Quebec, the Rev. Danny Whitehead, of the Territory of the People, and Ruth Sheeran, of the Diocese of Quebec — all of whom were in favor of changing the canon — came forward to say that their votes had not been recorded at all.However, as Canon David Burrows of the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador pointed out, even without the uncounted votes, the new total including Thompson’s vote — 52 for, 26 against — was enough to change the outcome.These facts were confirmed by Jones.“We actually have a two-thirds majority vote in the order of clergy,” a somewhat dazed Archbishop Fred Hiltz announced to the house, which filled with a rumble of whispers.Dean Peter Wall, of the Diocese of Niagara, asked that the primate and his advisors simply declare the motion passed, at which point Hiltz reminded Wall and the rest of the house that the motion, being a question of doctrine, requires a vote in two consecutive meetings of General Synod in order to be passed.Hiltz did, however, note that though it will not yet become canon law, it had passed its first reading.At this point, Thompson spoke up to apologize for the error.“The good order of General Synod is my responsibility as general secretary,” he said. “I want to apologize to the General Synod for the confusion that has been caused.”After the change was announced, several members from the Diocese of Caledonia, including Bishop William Anderson, walked out of the hall, followed shortly be a number of members from the Arctic, including bishops David Parsons and Darren McCartney.Given the time constraints, the primate indicated that synod business would continue as scheduled, with the next item being thanks extended to volunteers and staff at General Synod.However, Bishop Rob Hardwick, of the Diocese of Qu’Appelle, chastised the house for not extending the same sympathy and care to those who had opposed the motion to change the marriage canon in their moment of pain it had granted those who were in favor of it.“Last night, as a diocese, we sat in this room until just about everyone left. As a diocese, we prayed for everyone who stayed in this room. I don’t see that same concern being shown to those who might be feeling pained, disappointed, shocked,” he said.The Rev. Peter Boot, also from Qu’Appelle, joined his bishop to speak about another concern: the work that was done in conversation groups during Tuesday’s morning session on how synod could learn from the pain and difficulty of debates about the marriage canon to move toward less adversarial models of governance.“My concern is that now this is passed, all of that work that was done this morning will be forgotten, and we won’t learn, and we will think that this is a good thing to do again,” he said. “I’m just concerned that we can actually learn from what we’ve put together this morning and use it to go forward.”Hiltz assured him that the work done in the morning session would be sent to the Council of General Synod and House of Bishops for more intensive study.The primate also apologized to Hardwick and anyone else who felt they had not been extended adequate care, but a much fuller apology in the hour that followed, during the closing worship service.“I neglected to invite us into a time of silence before God and one another, and to remember those whose lives are in turmoil now, because of a different outcome,” he said, before inviting the gathering into two minutes of silent prayer and reflection.“I need to say to synod, and particularly to those who feel that I was insensitive this afternoon, that I apologize and I hope you will forgive me.”Hiltz also noted that he would release a pastoral response to the whole church in the coming days. 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Lack of faith in charities a barrier to giving for 1 in 4 wealthy individuals

first_img  420 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13 Melanie May | 19 November 2019 | News  419 total views,  2 views today One in four wealthy individuals state a lack of faith in how charities are run and a lack of control over how money is used as major reasons preventing them from donating more to charity, according to a new report by Barclays Private Bank.However, 7 in 10 also think giving to charity is for those more wealthy than themselves.Barriers to Giving, commissioned by Barclays Private Bank and undertaken by global intelligence business Savanta, identifies an underlying sense of ‘us and them’ between high net worth individuals (HNWIs) and charities. This, it says, is driven by a lack of understanding and poor communication, which has a detrimental impact on the potential for HNWIs and charities to develop mutually beneficial partnerships over the longer term.25% of wealthy individuals state a lack of faith in how charities are run, while 27% point to a lack of control over how money is used as major reasons that prevent them from donating more to charity.The report also found that 74% of HNWIs believe philanthropy is a responsibility of those wealthier than themselves. Almost half (46%) believe that it is the responsibility of the government or state to support charitable organisations’ causes, while 35% believe that making extra donations wouldn’t be large enough to have a significant impact and a quarter (24%) cite a lack of knowledge, experience and contact with the charity sector as a hurdle to overcome when considering large donations.Charities’ current perceptions and methods of engaging with HNWIs are also identified in the report as barriers to major giving, such as the assumptions that HNWIs often demand ‘too much control’ over their donations and that they can ‘always give more’.To bridge the gap between HNWIs and charities, Barclays Private Bank is partnering with The Beacon Collaborative, a collective founded to encourage and celebrate major donors in the UK, and the Institute of Fundraising. The partnership aims to deliver a step change in giving by building trust and understanding between HNWIs and charities. It will support The Beacon Collaborative’s objective to generate an additional £2 billion in donations to charity by 2025. Barclays Private Bank and The Beacon Collaborative will also work with the Institute of Fundraising to deliver a series of events to help fundraisers engage and form long-term relationships with HNWIs.Matthew Bowcock, co-founder of The Beacon Collaborative said:“Philanthropy has a crucial role to play in modern society – especially in today’s climate, where inequality has created deep divisions. As this report reveals, there is more to be done to bridge the gap between charities and donors. Strengthening such relationships, with the help of Barclays Private Bank and the Institute of Fundraising, will be essential in meeting our goal to secure an additional £2 billion in annual collective funding by 2025.”Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of the Institute of Fundraising said: Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13 “We’re delighted to be bringing the findings of Barriers to Giving 2020 to life for the hundreds of charities we support, with a series of events that will help fundraisers to better understand wealthy donors, and to build more impactful, longer-term relationships with them. At the same time there is a need to help HNWIs better understand charities and the impact we know is achieved.” Lack of faith in charities a barrier to giving for 1 in 4 wealthy individuals About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropylast_img read more

Democratic progress in Africa threatened by security measures

first_img Organisation December 5, 2013 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Democratic progress in Africa threatened by security measures RSF_en Newscenter_img Reporters Without Borders urges France, African countries and international organizations to include journalists’ safety and respect for freedom of information in their talks on peace, security and development in Africa during the two-day Elysée Summit that begins in Paris tomorrow.A total of 54 representatives from African countries, as well as United Nations, European Union and African Union officials are to attend the summit, which is being hosted by France.“As a result of the crises in Mali and Central African Republic, piracy in the Gulf of Aden, terrorism by Somalia’s Al-Shabaab and Nigeria’s Boko Haram, and the prolonged conflicts in Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan, Africa is a continent where western and African governments regard peace and security issues as a priority in order to maintain regional and international stability,” Reporters Without Borders said.“But these governments also know that immediate security requirements do not allow them to neglect medium and long-term needs – the transitions to democracy and reinforcement of fragile states that are on the agenda of all multilateral peace talks.“The medium and long-term needs have to be addressed now. It is illusory to think that the countries that are sacrificing freedoms to security legislation today will adopt democratic measures tomorrow. Discussion of security issues at this summit must not ignore long-term democratic considerations, which include the development of a free press and freedom of information.“There is a growing trend in African countries to adopt security legislation that curbs freedom of information. National security and the need to combat terrorism must not be used as pretexts to restrict democratic debate and shield the actions of their leaders from legitimate public scrutiny and criticism.”Security groundsIn many African countries, journalists continue to be the victims of persecution and armed violence despite being protected internationally by UN Security Council Resolution 1738, the Geneva Conventions and the UN General Assembly resolution of 26 November 2013. The UN Plan of Action also requires governments to “effectively investigate and prosecute crimes against freedom of expression.” In other words, they have a duty to guarantee the safety of journalists and their ability to work.Nonetheless, in its annual round-up for 2012, Reporters Without Borders had to report a “carnage” among news providers, with no fewer than 88 journalists and 47 citizen-journalists killed worldwide, 22 of them in Africa, without systematic investigations into their deaths.Reporters Without Borders has also found that governments are increasingly resorting to the law and the courts to persecute journalists. “Security” needs are often used against journalists and are cited as grounds for implementing repressive policies.Governments abuse and misapply laws on terrorism, treason, national security and state secrets to harass and deter journalists in flagrant violation of their international obligations, including article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.While protecting national security may constitute legitimate grounds for restricting freedom of expression, such grounds are admissible only under certain conditions including the foreseeable nature of the relevant law’s effects, proportionality and need.As UN special rapporteur on freedom of expression Frank La Rue has said: “The protection of national security secrets must never be used as an excuse to intimidate the press into silence and backing off from its crucial work in the clarification of human rights violations.”There is no shortage of examples of security being cited as grounds to restrict freedom of information. Worse still, it is usually countries “at peace” that use security to justify repressive legislation and behaviour.Ethiopia’s 2009 anti-terrorism law is used as a pretext for jailing anyone critical of the regime. Ironically, the spokesman of an Ethiopian journalists’ union even defends this situation. “We are proud that in Ethiopia no journalist is imprisoned for their professional activities,” he said. In fact, four journalists are imprisoned for their professional activities in Ethiopia although all were convicted under the anti-terrorism law.In Sierra Leone, two journalists are currently charged with sedition for an editorial critical of the president.In Chad, newspaper editor Samory Ngaradoumbé is being prosecuted on a charge of defaming the Chadian armed forces in an article about discontent within the military.In Burundi, articles 14 and 18 of a draconian media law that was passed in the spring of 2013 identify 20 subjects that journalists must not tackle. Matters relating to “national unity,” “public order and security” and “national sovereignty” obviously head the list.Regulatory excessesAfter the Westgate shopping mall siege and the start of the trials of its two most senior officials before the International Criminal Court, Kenya is considering a bill that would allow its media regulator, the Kenya Media Council, to modify laws on the status of journalists at will, including the tone the media should use and the way they cover certain security-related events.In Republic of Congo, the High Council on Freedom of Communication suspended two Brazzaville-based newspapers earlier this week, in one case for “insulting the national police and manipulating opinion” in an interview with a victim of police violence and in the other for “insulting the armed forces” in an article critical of the military. Cameroon’s National Council for Communication, whose president is close to the government, has initiated proceedings against a newspaper for allegedly violating “defence secrecy” by referring to an attempt to repatriate presumed Boko Haram members that resulted in several civilian deaths.This harder line can be seen throughout Africa. Tanzania, Gambia, Rwanda and Somalia all proposed or adopted laws this year that cite security concerns as grounds for restricting new coverage.After a statement by UN experts on 3 December voicing alarm about the growing tendency to suppress civil liberties in Africa, it is more important than ever that freedom of information should not be sacrificed. Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more