For those interested, here is an early copy of the subpoena Bob Malm sent via Jeff Chiow to my mom. It’s amusing, too—Jeff Chiow on more than one occasion has noisily complained about publication of materials related to the case, yet in 2015, when my attorney asked to discuss the matter in confidence with a view towards possible… Read More »
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 »
Have you seen the seriously funny video of Bob Malm at the joint Arlandria event with the Methodist church? The event was held to support immigration rights, and true to form, Bob winds up saying a lot more about St. Dysfunction Grace Church than he realizes. Dressed in a black cape, Bob obviously hasn’t prepared at all for the… Read More »
Just saw the following posting, clearly from someone connected with Grace Church. Why do I get the feeling that Bob Malm’s daughter Lindsey is the poster? This sort of invective further proves my point: If you’re looking for Christianity, you won’t find it with Bob Malm or St. Dysfunction Episcopal Church, aka Grace Church.
It’s fair to say that Bob Malm’s vendetta — and his waste of time, money, and other church resources — continues unabated at a time when St. Dysfunction Grace Episcopal Church is stretched perilously thin, financially and in every other way. My attorney will be taking Bob Malm’s deposition on Thursday, August 30, as we seek to move… Read More »
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 »
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 »
As an unabashed liberal, I am in fear for my life! Oh, wait. Local law enforcement determined there’s nothing illegal about the sign. Check it out on the WTOP website: https://wtop.com/calvert-county/2018/05/hey-liberals-complaints-pro-trump-billboard/slide/1/
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 »
Years ago I had a wonderful, mixed-breed dog named Sugar. She was a gentle, affectionate creature, with some amusing quirks. One of those quirks was that any time she passed gas, she would turn around, look indignantly at her backside, and pretend like she had no idea what was going on back there. Of course, she didn’t fool… Read More »
I recently obtained a copy of the attached internal email, in which city of Alexandria police officials acknowledge in writing their efforts to identify legal strategies to suppress First Amendment-protected protests outside the church and online criticism. My opinion: The City of Alexandria should not be providing free legal advice in civil matters, and certainly not when the… Read More »
It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. With that in mind, here’s a screen cap of a message my Mom received from the husband of former assistant rector Leslie Steffensen. Typical behavior from members of St. Dysfunction Grace Episcopal Church.
In July of 2017, I wrote a piece for Episcopal Cafe about challenges in the current implementation of Title IV. Below is the text of the original article; it and related comments can be found online at https://www.episcopalcafe.com/title-iv-the-maginot-line-of-clergy-discipline/ Remember the Maginot Line? History buffs may recall that it was a massive series of fortifications along the French border, put… Read More »
The Episcopal Church in South Carolina recently made an interesting statement apropos the Lawrencian dissidents. The statement underscores the fact that there is absolutely nothing Christian in Bob Malm’s current smear campaign and effort to avoid accountability by falsely claiming that he’s been threatened. Here’s what loyalist bishop Skip Adams said: The break in fellowship within The Episcopal… Read More »
A big issue in recent years within The Episcopal Church has been how to protect children and other vulnerable populations from sexual misconduct and other forms of abuse. To that end, the church has established policies and training designed to reduce the possibility of abuse. Unfortunately, St. Dysfunction aka Grace Episcopal Church is woefully non-compliant with these requirements.… Read More »
Below is the text of my op-ed, published on Episcopal Cafe shortly before the General Convention vote approving whistleblower protection as part of Title IV. The original post can be found at: https://www.episcopalcafe.com/we-need-better-whistle-blower-protections/ Letter to the Editor: General Convention and Church Ethics: The Importance of Whistleblower Protection In its report to the last General Convention, the Standing Commission… Read More »
As some followers probably know, I have repeatedly urged revisions to Title IV, which comprises the disciplinary canons of The Episcopal Church. The good news (at least from my perspective) is that the recent General Convention adopted every one of my suggestions and more. This includes measure D076 which specifies that retaliation for filing a Title III or… Read More »
One of the telling things about the current situation is that Bob Malm is using Jeff Chiow, a parishioner, as legal counsel. But if folks stopped to think about it, this is highly inappropriate and a breach of pastoral boundaries. Consider an analogous situation. If I am a priest, and I see a physician who is also a… Read More »
One of the disturbing things about Grace Episcopal Church rector Bob Malm is that he claims that he is not ignoring his obligations as rector. That’s interesting, because he’s now been there more than 27 years—long enough to be in compliance with the requirements of church canons. One canonical requirement is to adhere to the provisions of the… Read More »
Here’s an interesting one—an email between Bob Malm and Dennis Andreas, Commander of the Patrol Support Division of the Alexandria Police Department. Curiously, during discovery Bob was asked to provide copies of all relevant emails, but this wasn’t included. One wonders why that was. Could it be that Bob is not being honest? Did he withhold materials from… Read More »
Well, Bob Malm now will have to come up with additional names besides “dysfunction junction” to refer to locations where I protest. In addition to the locations in Arlington and my favorite – Quaker Lane and Braddock Road, which is a mega-intersection — I’ve found that the intersection of Braddock and Russell works quite well. While traffic is… Read More »
With the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church now under way in Austin Texas, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media are in high gear. As a result, this blog is getting record volumes of traffic, including pickup on the national social media feed. Check it out!
Here is one of the many responses received last night as I was tweeting about my experiences at Grace Episcopal Church. The fact that people at St. Dysfunction Grace Church aka Planet Malm remain blind to Bob’s facially inappropriate conduct tells you all you need to know about the church.
As many readers of my blog know, I have three terminally ill family members. Today, one of the three, my brother-in-law, died after an extended struggle with cancer. I am glad that his suffering is over, as he was more than ready to go. But the loss is still hard, and has caused Mike considerable distress. That said,… Read More »
Want to see just how toxic Grace Church has become? Check out the two images below. One is a screen cap of comments made by a Grace Church parishioner, in which she urges me to commit suicide. The other reflects comments made by an aquaintance of the recent Maryland active shooter, in which she recounts how he allegedly… Read More »
There’s a great article on Christianity Today about the pain that pastors of small churches feel when someone leaves their church. It’s compelling, and does a great job of succinctly capturing the frustration and sense of loss that clergy feel when people leave church. You can find the article here. It’s also telling: None of it is accurate… Read More »
Much was made in the closing months of 2017 about the fact that Grace Church has a budget surplus. But this triumphalism is both empty and dangerous for the parish, as it overlooks the parish’s tremendous financial vulnerability. Let me start by saying that parishioners have stepped up their individual pledges by almost 17 percent over the past… Read More »