Monthly Archives: July 2018

Bullying versus Peer Conflict

As I look over Bob Malm’s various emails, one of the striking things is how squarely his conduct falls within the definition of bullying, versus peer conflict. That’s not surprising, of course, because clergy are never peers with laity, but instead are ALWAYS responsible for establishing and maintaining appropriate boundaries. Consider the following comparison, published by various public… Read More »

Churches and Liquidity Targets

Speaking of St. Dysfunction  Grace Episcopal and its governance/financial management, there’s a good article on churches and liquidity targets at: https://www.agfinancial.org/blog/cash-reserves-how-much-does-your-ministry-need/ Before you ask, the site is affiliated with the Assemblies of God. Given The Episcopal Church’s long history, and Bob Malm’s more than 40 years of “ministry,” it’s surely a sad day when Grace Church vestry members in… Read More »

Reality Check: Grace Church’s HVAC Project Signals Big Trouble Ahead for the Church

One of the recent discussions amongst the vestry, clergy and staff of St. Dysfunction, aka Grace Church, is about how to fund next year’s HVAC work in Merrow Hall. As a component of that discussion, some have suggested that a capital campaign is not necessary, but that the church should borrow the funds needed for the work, and… Read More »

See for Yourself: Leslie Steffensen’s Response to Background Check

Today and over the next few days, I’ll be releasing additional documentation of bad behavior at Grace Episcopal Church. Today’s installment is former assistant rector Leslie Steffensen’s responses about me when a background check was conducted in conjunction with a promotion I received at a retail job. As is often the case, the background check included time that… Read More »