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Matthew Dumont-Machowski: Another Hypocrite from Grace Episcopal

There’s something about Grace Episcopal that breeds hypocrites. Maybe it’s lead in the water pipes. Maybe it’s, as one priest has put it, “an evil spirit.” Or more likely it’s 30 years of perjuring priest Bob Malm. Check out the amusing screen cap of Matthew Dumont-Machowski’s Twitter page that follows: If nothing else, if Matt is serious about… Read More »

Farewell, Amy “Middle Finger” Medrick

The recent news that parish administrator Amy Medrick is leaving Grace Church is sad, for in many ways she typified the dysfunction in the church. From her emailed comments that she was not comfortable with Mike Smith having her personal email address (horrors!), to her on-the-fly and inaccurate expositions of canon law (for example, her statement that it… Read More »

DioVA Provides Further Evidence It Is Indifferent to Abuse

During the 2015 General Convention (GC) of The Episcopal Church, two measures were passed that addressed abuse in the church. Measure 2015-A073 authorized the updating of Model Policies for the Protection of Children, while Measure 2015-A074 called for the update of the Safe Church Training Materials. The work was done by a GC-appointed task force spearheaded by the… Read More »

COVD-19 Hastens the End for Dying Grace Episcopal Church

While few at Grace Church, aka St. Dysfunction, are sufficiently forward-looking to recognize it, there are more COVD-19 problems in store for the parish. Consider the theory that the pandemic will die down as the summer months approach due to increasing humidity. While there’s ample reason to be skeptical, if it’s true, the news carries with it some… Read More »

Safe Church and DioVA: One of the Diocese’s Major Governance Failures

One of the many downsides of the years of property recovery litigation here in DioVA is that it diverted massive amounts of time and attention from ordinary governance issues. This power vacuum  extended even to day-to-day accountability among Mayo House staff, and it was exacerbated by +Shannon’s indifference to getting involved in the details and his adversarial management… Read More »

True to Form, St. Dysfunction Screws Up Its Response to COVID-19

It should come as no surprise, but true to form, Grace Episcopal has bollixed its response to Bishop Goff’s announcement regarding the suspension of church services. Specifically, in its announcement, the church states that all Sunday worship services at all parishes in the diocese are suspended. As other churches in the area were quick to point out, that… Read More »

Bishop Goff and COVID-19: A New Wrinkle in the Pandemic

Bishop Susan Goff’s Brand of Christianity: No thanks, you can keep it. There’s a new wrinkle in the COVID-19 pandemic and the decision to largely shutter churches in The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia for the new two weeks. That is that Bishop Goff is at high risk for the virus, and soon will be at even greater risk.… Read More »

What Would Have Happened if Perjuring Priest Bob Malm and Sugarland Chiow Had Gotten Me to Sign an NDA?

With Grace’s transition from 30 years of perjuring priest Bob Malm now entering its sixth month, it seems that very little progress has been made. Yes, a well-qualified group has been chosen for the search committee. Yes, the search committee is going through all the right steps. But they are not meeting the congregation’s needs. Specifically, one of… Read More »

Comments from the Rev. Cam Miller Re Grace Church

As I mentioned in a previous post, Cam Miller recently published an excellent piece on church buildings, finances, and the need to hold loosely to the buildings and other artifacts of “Churchianity.” His article appears both on Episcopal Cafe and his personal blog, Subversive Preacher. My comments in response to his article were nuked on Episcopal Cafe, despite… Read More »

BREAKING NEWS: Susan Goff Diagnosed With Cancer

The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia yesterday reported that Bishop Susan Goff has been diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer. The cancer is not aggressive, and her prognosis reportedly excellent. Goff will undergo surgery shortly before Easter, and will undergo chemo in the weeks that follow. She reports that her Sunday visitations will continue as planned, but her weekday… Read More »