Monthly Archives: April 2018

The Episcopal Church in Decline: 22 Easters to Go

Watching the declining fortunes of Grace Church, I became curious: Just how bad is The Episcopal Church’s (TEC) decline? Turns out, it’s not the worst among mainline churches, but it’s close. According to a 2017 study published in The Living Church, found here, from 1980 to 2015, TEC lost one-third of its membership. Even more troubling, however, are… Read More »

Amusing Encounter

Ever wonder just how dysfunctional Grace Church is? Today’s amusing encounter with a clueless parishioner (who will, for now remain nameless), provides insight. The individual in question rolled through one of the intersections where I was protesting, yelling, “Get a life, Eric!” Subsequently, he parked his vehicle and took several photos of me, adding, “Move your sign down.… Read More »

News: Mom

A couple of folks have asked how Mom is doing. The answer is, “Not great,” but I doubt anything is imminent. Of course, we can’t really talk on the phone any more, and even mild activity is problematic. But we keep in touch. Meanwhile, the recent passing of my much-loved friend and editor Ann Fontaine, who also suffered… Read More »

Good Article On Clergy Discipline

In The Episcopal Church, the clergy disciplinary canons are referred to as Title IV. Applying only to clergy and not laity, these provisions may not be reviewed in civil courts. Some years ago, the church transitioned to a clergy disciplinary model that is restorative in nature, versus based on retribution or punishment. Specifically, the process focuses on healing… Read More »