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DioVT Change Management Initiative Appears Promising

It is unfortunately all too rare that we have something positive to report in the Episcopal Church. But we are pleasantly surprised at the information and decisions coming from the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont’s THRIVE program. Our hope is that the initiative might serve as a example to other dioceses, parishes, and Episcopal organizations. Background In August 2021,… Read More »

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National Cathedral School Ignores Alleged Torturer on Board of Governors

The National Cathedral School (NCS) is everything you’d expect from a prestigious Episcopal school. It sits on the grounds of the National Cathedral, has first-rate physical facilities, and caters to the daughters of the wealthy. It’s also a bastion of hypocrisy, thanks to its Board of Governors, which includes David Ayres, who appears to be one of the… Read More »

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Anglican Watch Announces Episcopal Accountability Project

Earlier today, Anglican Watch announced the Episcopal Accountability Project via the following press release. ###   ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Employees with group medical coverage may be familiar with employee assistance programs, or EAP’s. But there’s a new EAP out there, designed to hold the Episcopal Church, its clergy and leadership accountable. The Episcopal Accountability Project, or EAP, an initiative of… Read More »

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Update: St. Paul’s Montvale Dissidents Go to Trial

Anglican Watch has learned that the St. Paul’s Montvale dissidents go on trial September 28 on criminal charges of defiant trespass. The matter will be heard late afternoon. The defendants include: Marc Denbeaux Maria and Leigh Hopper Anne Bosch Jane Moser Joe and Vicki Solis Rusty, Louise, and Martine Miller Jeff Piatt Denbeaux, a local attorney, is representing himself,… Read More »

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The Big Stink: 9.5 Theses on the Survival of the Episcopal Church

Years ago, I read a book on how to be popular. It had some unfortunate reference points, including trading on gender stereotypes. Boys should be masculine and like sports. Girls should be feminine and like cooking and sewing. But it had some good ideas too, including some that apply, or should apply, to The Episcopal Church. Like, “Check… Read More »

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DioVA in Danger as Bishop-Elect Stevenson Starts Off on Wrong Foot

It’s no secret that Anglican Watch tends to focus on the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia (DioVa). But it’s not because our editor lives in the diocese. Nor is it because of his negative experiences with the diocese. Instead, it’s because the sheer size of the diocese makes it a bellwether for the larger denomination and, in the words of banking… Read More »

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Additional Allegations of Abuse Emerge at Grace Episcopal Alexandria

Full disclosure: Anglican Watch editor Eric Bonetti is a former member of Grace Episcopal and has written extensively about his negative experiences with the parish. He presently is in litigation against former rector Bob Malm. Anglican Watch has learned that the Rev. Fanny Belanger, former associate rector at Grace Episcopal Church in Alexandria Va., abruptly resigned from the position… Read More »

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Breaking: Montvale Dissidents Lied to Mayor Ghassali in St. Paul’s Conflict

Anglican Watch recently obtained email records between Montvale mayor Mike Ghassali and various people, including the St. Paul’s dissidents. As we expected, they document several things: Steve Hopper lied about the meeting between Mayor Ghassali and Pastor Jill. After seeing Hopper’s dishonest e-mail, Mayor Ghassali busted Hopper for his lies, telling Hopper not to reference him in future emails.… Read More »

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Abuse Survivors Issue Second Press Release About St. Paul’s Alexandria and Torture

Earlier today, the Episcopal Survivors Network, a national advocacy group formed by victims of abuse in the Episcopal Church, issued a second statement about St. Paul’s Alexandria and the church’s refusal to condemn torture: St. Paul’s Alexandria continues to ignore issue ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Episcopal Survivors Network (ESN) today condemned the continuing unwillingness of St. Paul’s Episcopal,… Read More »

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St. Paul’s Episcopal Alexandria Continues to Welcome Alleged Torturers

On July 1, Anglican Watch broke the news that a prominent Episcopal family, the Ayres, appear to be at the heart of the “enhanced interrogation” program that was a key component of the post 9-11 “War on Terror.” Shortly after the news broke, the Ayres were no longer seen attending services at their church, St. Paul’s, in Old Town Alexandria,… Read More »

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Montvale Dissident Gene Muller Seeks to Stop Financial Investigations

Anglican Watch has learned from well-placed sources that a member of the dissident faction has put out feelers to members of St. Paul’s parish in Montvale, N.J., seeking an end to the ongoing investigation into past financial activity at the parish. Gene Muller, a previous member of the church and former vestry member, allegedly has contacted current church members… Read More »

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Further Reflections on Russell Miller’s “Hetero-Phobia” Lawsuit

Following our post yesterday about Russell Miller’s spurious lawsuit against St. Paul’s Montvale, the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, and various related individuals, Anglican Watch further investigated Miller’s claims. Following is additional context for Miller’s lawsuit. We also reflect on Miller’s claims and his conduct. Specifically, we believe Miller to be disingenuous, dishonest, and manipulative — to put it kindly. As… Read More »

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Episcopal Church Officials in Haiti Arrested for Arms Smuggling

Local newspapers report that two officials in the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti have been arrested for allegedly using church funds and aid shipments to bring weapons into the country. The news follows the interception by Haitian customs officials of four containers destined for the diocese containing 18 Russian AK-47 rifles, an M4 carbine and an Israeli Galil assault rifle,… Read More »

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Troubled Bishop Search Underscores Dire Problems in DioVA

The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, one of the original dioceses of the Episcopal Church, is the largest domestic diocese in the denomination. As such, its fate is inextricably linked with that of the larger church and serves as a bellwether for the future. And the recent bishop search and the challenges the diocese experienced suggest a grim future… Read More »

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Breaking News: St. Pauls Montvale Update

Sources close to the matter tell Anglican Watch that the court hearing on criminal charges involving Jeff Piatt and other former St. Paul’s Montvale members has been continued until September 28. The charges filed allegedly include defiant trespass. Anglican Watch believes that the news may indicate that the defendants are planning to file pleadings in the matter. However, as Jeff Piatt… Read More »

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Breaking News: ESN Demands Explanation for Refusal to Discipline Adulterous Priest

The Episcopal Survivors Network, which shares several staffers with this publication, today issued the following press release regarding the outrageous conduct on the part of Bishop Susan Goff, Title IV intake officer the Rev. Sven van Baars, and other diocesan officials in responding to allegations of adultery by the Rev. Dr. Tom Simmons, rector of St. Peter’s in… Read More »

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And this just in: The Episcopal Church gets more sobering news from the book of numbers

By Dr. Brian Burge, used with permission. Original at https://www.getreligion.org/getreligion/2022/7/27/and-this-just-in-the-episcopal-church-gets-more-sobering-news-from-the-book-of-numbers My very first experience with The Episcopal Church (TEC) was on a youth group mission trip to Huntsville, Ala. We were with a group called World Changers, which was an evangelical organization that helped organize free labor from young people for individuals who did not have the ability… Read More »

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Episcopal Survivors Network Condemns Episcopal Connection with Torture

The Episcopal Survivors Network, which shares several team members with this publication, today sent out a press release on the connection between St. Paul’s Alexandria and so-called enhanced interrogation techniques. The latter, considered torture by many, were deployed as part of the so-called war on terror. The release omitted mention of sexual abuse of prisoners, which may or… Read More »

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BREAKING NEWS: Diocese of Virginia Again Violates Church Canons; The Rev. Dr. Tom Simmons Busted for Adultery

You know things have gotten bad when the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia tacitly approves of adultery. And so it is with allegations that The Rev. Dr. Tom Simmons, rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal in Purcellville, himself married to Tait North Simmons (daughter of Iran-Contra figure Ollie North), has committed adultery with the wife of Tom K. a member of Warrenton Presbyterian. Below, we… Read More »

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Episcopal Diocese of Virginia Bishop Consecration Opposed by LGBT Advocates

LGBTQ advocates have announced their opposition to plans to hold the consecration of The Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson at The Saint Paul’s Baptist Church, located in Henrico, Virginia. The event, set for December 3, 2022 at 11 a.m., will include multiple Episcopal bishops, dignitaries, and church members. During the service, Episcopal bishops will continue the ancient tradition of… Read More »

Spotlight on Abuse: Lay Church Employee Jimmy Derrell Tippie

Jimmy Derrell Tippie was arrested in 2020 by the Grayson County Texas Sheriff’s Department following a search of his home. He was charged with five counts of possession of child pornography. At the time of his arrest, local media reported that the 67-year-old was employed by World Run Ranch in Van Alstyne in the maintenance department. Other sources… Read More »