Tag Archives: vestry

See for Yourself: Vestry Talking Points Demonstrate Questionable Veracity

When you elect people to a church vestry or board, you expect them to be honest and diligent, right? Well, in the case of the Grace Church vestry, you’d have just cause to ask tough questions about the former. Attached is the vestry talking points document circulated about this conflict. In it are several questionable assertions: The document… Read More »

Lies from the Grace Vestry

Here’s another example of lies coming from Grace Church, this time from the vestry. The first screen cap shows the vestry’s talking points, in which the vestry claims that I left the parish voluntarily. (Gotta love those “specific security measures,” — far better than “inchoate security measures.” And heaven knows—protesters are a HUGE risk to our national security.… Read More »

A Blast From the Past: Internal Controls Checklist

As the St. Dysfunction vestry meets tonight to discuss, inter alia, the church’s 2019 budget, here’s a great bit of context I came across from my old blog: A completed version of the Episcopal Church’s internal controls checklist. The denomination asks that all parishes complete this as part of the annual audit required under canon law. As you… Read More »

Looking Ahead to 2019: More Protests and Possible Lawsuits

As we get ready to move into 2019, protests continue over Dysfunctional Bob Malm’s conduct, as well as that of Jeff “Sugarland” Chiow. Look for me and others at: 1) King and Seminary aka Dysfunction Junction aka Malm Square(d)2) the monument at Braddock and Russell Road3) the front of MOM’s4) the intersection of Commonwealth and Mount Vernon avenues.5)… Read More »

Plunging Stock Market May Exacerbate Grace Church’s Financial Woes

With recent stock market activity showing some striking similarities to the market crash of 1987, and the double whammy of a possible partial shut-down of the federal government, Grace Episcopal Church may well enter 2019 in dire financial condition. As I stated in previous posts, when factoring in depreciation and amortization, Grace has been running an annual deficit… Read More »

Notice Something Amusing? Grace Church Further Retreats from Good Governance

One recent amusing change is that Grace Church has pulled the vestry minutes from the website. Leaving aside the fact — the “burning question,” as Kemp Williams would call it — that I don’t rely on the website for access to the vestry minutes, it shows how utterly clueless Bob Malm and the church are. Why is that?… Read More »

Breaking News: Additional Lawsuit Possible Against Grace Episcopal, Diocese, Malm Family, Vestry Members

Shortly after Christmas, I will be out of town for several days to meet with attorneys and other potential plaintiffs to a multi-party lawsuit against Grace Episcopal Church, Dysfunctional Bob and his family, the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, vestry members (both as officers of the organization and in their individual capacities) and several specific members of the parish.… Read More »

Dear Grace Church: Bob Malm Played You

In Bob Malm’s long-running vendetta against me, there’s a dirty little secret lurking right behind the scenes.  The secret? It’s that Bob Malm played his own church. That’s right, folks, he threw you under the bus. Here’s what you don’t know. Late in 2017, it was Lindsey Malm who called the police. That’s right—Bob was not the culprit. … Read More »

Lack of Transparency Hinders Grace Episcopal Stewardship

There’s a great article on ECF Vital Practices this month about the importance of financial transparency to these success of churches. The article, found here, also illustrates why Grace Episcopal Church is in serious financial and spiritual trouble. In the article, the author correctly notes that the vestry legally is responsible for establishing and supervising internal controls; the rector,… Read More »