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Episcopal Diocese of Virginia Defunds Abuse Prevention, Fails to Adopt Required Policies

The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia has failed to adopt updated abuse prevention policies as required by resolutions passed at General Convention 79. These policies include policies for vulnerable adults, which were to be adopted by January 1, 2019. These standards were to required to meet or exceed those adopted by the national church, and included triennial compliance audits… Read More »

Activists Call for DioVA Boycott in Run-Up to Election of Bishop Diocesan

In the run-up to the election of the 14th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, activists opposed to abuse have launched a campaign to boycott/defund the diocese until it takes steps to end abuse. Demands include: Taking abuse seriously. Ending victim-shaming and demonization. Forbidding clergy from engaging in retaliation for the filing of Title IV complaints. Ending… Read More »

Episcopal Diocese of Virginia Holds Convention, Approves $10 Million in Racial Reparations

During its 227th annual convention, the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia approved a fund of $10 million in reparations for its role in slavery and institutional racism. But while the news is commendable, the convention overall was a mixed bag, marked by resolutions and canonical amendments of varying quality. Before we go further, it’s worth noting that one measure… 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 »

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 »

Episcopal Diocese of Virginia PPP Application Raises Questions

Members of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia are very familiar with the recent “Shout it from the Mountaintop,” campaign to fund capital expenses and improvements at one of the two diocesan retreats, Shrine Mont. But a review of Shine Mont Paycheck Protection Program loan information, together with Shrine Mont’s 990’s (federal tax forms), raise issues regarding the potential… Read More »

CPG Clergy Compensation Report Displays Disturbing Numbers

The Church Pension Group, or CPG, is the Episcopal Church’s captive insurance company. Every year, it publishes a compensation report for clergy, a treasure trove of data for governance geeks. As always,the 2019 data never fails to disappoint, and in many cases manages to alarm as well. Total Number of Clergy First, the number of full-time clergy in… Read More »