Grow or Die: Fifteen Tips for Growing Your Church

The Episcopal Church, like most mainline denominations, is shedding members fast and furious, with experts predicting a dire future for the denomination. And while members wail and wring their hands — or clutch their pearls — they’re doing damned little about it. As a result, the Episcopal Church has reached a point where it needs to grow, or… Read More »

Diocese of Washington Begins Innovative Turn-Around Program

The Episcopal Diocese of Washington (EDOW), led by Bishop Mariann Budde, has launched an innovative program to strengthen or otherwise address issues involving struggling parishes. The program, “Tending our Soil,” involves a holistic look at parish finances, membership, governance, attendance, dynamics, leadership and more. In cases where it is warranted, the diocese can extend financial, consulting, and other… Read More »

Episcopal Diocese of Virginia Votes Down Proposal to End White Supremacy

The more things change, the more they stay the same. That’s often a true statement, given our propensity as humans to prefer the comfortable and known, versus change and the unknown. But it’s nowhere more true than DioVA, where the recent passage of an annual budget — one quarter of the way into the new budget year —… Read More »

Not Near My Cathedral: Bishop John Harvey Taylor Fails The Homeless

Apparently, it’s not just wealthy persons in Los Angeles who don’t want the homeless living in their neighborhood. Following his recent remarks in support of removing a homeless encampment near diocesan headquarters, Episcopal Bishop of Los Angeles John Harvey Taylor appears to have a bad case of NNMC, or Not Near My Cathedral. The issue arises from the… Read More »

Episcopal Diocese of Virginia Proposes to Zero Out Sexual Misconduct Prevention

You can’t make this stuff up. In the midst of the pandemic, at a time where abuse and domestic violence are skyrocketing, the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia is now proposing to zero out its budget for sexual misconduct training and prevention. Seriously. The announcement comes as the diocese attempts for the second time to pass a 2021 budget.… Read More »

Confessions of a Gay Priest: Interview with Tom Rastrelli

Earlier today, Anglican Watch had the opportunity to interview Tom Rastrelli, author of “Confessions of a Gay Priest.” The conversation was a searing look at the pain that arises when faith, abuse, and sexuality collide. Tom is in many ways an ideal priest. Intelligent, articulate, compassionate and obviously intrinsically kind, it’s easy to see how, growing up Catholic, Tom followed… Read More »