Are You a Survivor of Church Abuse?

Are you a survivor of church abuse? People often think of church abuse as sexual abuse, but it covers a variety of bad behaviors, ranging from exclusion of the differently abled, to sexism, to ageism, to sexual harassment, bullying, to financial abuse and more. Indeed, church abuse is but one part of a wide array of bad behavior… Read More »

Guess What? The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia Doesn’t Know What it Owns

Imagine you’re fabulously wealthy. Not just a millionaire, but Marjorie Merriwether Post-type wealthy. Yachts, Russian art, lavish homes — they’re all yours. In a situation like that, no one can blame you if you don’t know exactly what you own. After all, investment portfolios shift by the minute, thanks to automated trading. And if you have multiple homes… Read More »

The Curious Case of Lura Kaval

As some know, there is a Title IV case publicly under way in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. Title IV is the church canon that establishes standards for clergy discipline. The case is noteworthy and curious for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that it illustrates just how badly Title IV is implemented in… Read More »

Pandemic Slaps Episcopal Church Silly

It’s hardly news that the Episcopal Church is dying. But what is news is the numbers in the recently released results of the annual parochial report. Not because they confirm that the denomination is dying, but because they are so bad. Like Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, rivers of blood, plagues of locusts bad. Things begin with a… Read More »

Environmental Alert: The Blue Book is Here!

The Blue Book, the three-volume mountain of paper that comes out in advance of every General Convention of the Episcopal Church, is here. And leaving aside the environment destruction it has wrought upon our forests, it’s a doozy, primarily for what it doesn’t say. Coming in at a whopping 1193 pages, the compendium has many sections that, despite… Read More »

It’s Official: The Episcopal Church is Dying

The past 18 months have been rough, but for the Episcopal Church, things are about to get worse. Specifically, the results of the annual parochial reports are about to come out, and they won’t be pretty. And that’s not the worst of it—folks who left the church during the pandemic by and large won’t be back. Nor is… Read More »

Of Fried Chicken and Kindness to the Stranger Among Us

As I look with increasing dismay at the discord within American society, I am reminded of the times that people have shown extraordinary kindness to me. One case in particular comes to mind, and it allowed me to finish law school without dying of starvation. Before we go further, the reference to starvation is not hyperbole. Due to… Read More »