Showing posts with label Susan Goff. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Susan Goff. Show all posts

Monday, August 31, 2020

Susan Goff Continues Church Closures, While Refusing to Enforce Church Canons



Reports from Mayo House indicate that an increasing number of Episcopalians are leaving the diocese for other denominations, and leaving the Christian faith altogether, over the continuing closure of churches in the diocese. Despite this, bishop Goff holds firm in her refusal to open the churches of the diocese. That in turn begs the question: Why is Goff so principled when it comes to health issues, yet so unprincipled when it comes to protecting and covering up Bob Malm’s perjury and other misconduct?

For the record, I support the decision to keep churches closed. The diocese, like all other members of the so-called “seven sisters” of the mainstream denominations, has a disproportionate number of older members when compared to the population at large. Thus, churches are particularly at risk for severe presentations of COVID-19. This is compounded by the fact that churches are considered super-spreaders due to the singing, physical contact, poor air circulation, and shared communion vessels. But the result is costly to the church, with more and more clergy reporting criticism  from church members about the fact that holy communion has not been available since March.

Needless to say, I adamantly oppose Susan Goff’s coverup of Bob Malm’s perjury, Malm’s efforts to drag a dying woman into court, his multiple lies, his deliberate misuse of memorial funds, and more. In that situation, the church intake officer has said that the diocese “can’t get involved” in civil litigation. That’s interesting, because by Goff’s own admission, her decision to close the churches is at best a stretch of her canonical authority. Yet despite the express canonical proscription of conduct involving deceit and misrepresentation, set forth in Title IV, Goff remains unwilling to enforce canon law.

I suspect the key to sorting out this situation exists in the fact that Goff herself is at high risk during the pandemic due to age and chemotherapy. Indeed, one suspects that if her personal wellbeing were not implicated, Goff likely would prove far less principled. 

Her role as an enabler also comes into play, for in recent clergy conference calls, Goff urges clergy to take vacation and Sabbath, saying that God rejoices in our relaxation.

I hate to break it Goff, but the average clergy person in the diocese is hardly in need of rest and relaxation. While many essential workers put on the PPE every day and trudge off to work, where they face an increasing number of hostile and aggressive individuals, your average priest in the diocese is “working” from home. Yes, they may call to check in on parishioners, and they may send and receive more email than usual, but the reality is that the endless parish meetings are now largely cancelled or virtual. Hospital visits are constrained, funerals are largely on hold, and weddings are at best abbreviated. In short, clergy are pretty much in a holding pattern, with many of their normal duties impossible for the time being. They are not being overworked. Yet they will in many cases be the last person left standing as church budgets continue their precipitous decline, thanks to the church’s runaway clericalism.

The result is a diocese that increasingly appears to be a narcissistic organization. Dedicated to its own comfort and convenience, the diocese loudly proclaims its commitment to the gospels, all while avoiding any sort of accountability. And its perception of itself is as a leader in racial reconciliation and healing, all while promoting civil discourse and a more just society. Yet in the same breath, the diocese expressly supports clergy perjury and other outrageous behavior of the worst sort.  Simply put, Goff and her minions see themselves in a light utterly inconsistent with reality, even as the diocese increasingly lurches towards collapse.

Truly, a sad end for The Episcopal Church.


Monday, July 20, 2020

Petition Seeking Independent Investigation of Perjuring Priest Bob Malm Passes 18,000 Signatures



Even as the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia and Bishop Susan “No Charges, No Foul” Goff continue to insist that they will only address clergy misconduct if criminal charges are brought, my petition demanding an independent investigation and meaningful results based on that investigation continues to motor along.

As of a few minutes ago, we passed the 18,000 signatures mark, and we continue to garner signatures as we move to 20,000 signatures and beyond.

Awareness on change.org is particularly important due to the underlying demographics. With a total of more than 50 million users, the majority of whom are in the 35-44 age cohort, animal rights, human rights (including BLM and LGBTQIA+), and general social justice issues loom large for users. Thus, there is a strong alignment with the values that The Episcopal Church allegedly espouses.

As a result, the diocese’s continued defense of perjury and other misconduct by Bob Malm is fast undercutting its reputation with future generations. That is appropriate, for any church that can say with a straight face that it will only deal with criminal conduct if there are criminal charges is a church only in name. But Susan Goff and the other fat cats at Mayo House are determined to ride the TEC gravy train off into retirement, secure in their generous retirement plan, and utterly indifferent to the effect that their conduct is having on those they falsely claim to care about.

To think that when I started my petition I was hoping to get maybe 300 signatures.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Wade Mullen Again Hits the Nail on the Head About Grace Episcopal Alexandria, the Clergy Perjury Parish


Grace Episcopal Alexandria

A recent Tweet by Wade Mullen, an ordained minister and expert on church abuse, is spot on when it comes to Grace Episcopal, the clergy perjury parish, as well as Susan Goff and the rest of the #fakechristians at the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. Same goes for Sugarland Chiow and the rest of the hypocrites at the corrupt organization known as Grace Episcopal.

As I have said many times, Bob Malm’s perjury is readily ascertainable. All one has to do is to ask him for any documentation to support his statement, made under oath, in writing, while advised by church legal counsel, and notarized by Jane Rosman, that my Mom or someone purporting to be her repeatedly set up appointments with him and canceled. Simply didn’t happen, and I’d be prepared to bet that fat cat Susan Goff knows it. Yet here we are, dragging through court, as perjuring priest Bob Malm pretends to be a Christian while hanging out at St. Gabriel’s. Meanwhile, Grace Church the clergy perjury parish, continues to cling tenaciously to its support for Bob Malm and Kelly Motormouth Gable and the latter’s defamation per se.

The result, predictably enough, is that Grace Church and the diocese will continue their slide towards existential crisis, for one cannot be an authentic church and turn a blind eye to perjury, defamation per se, Bob Malm’s myriad lies, the bullying by the altar guild and the choir, and all the other BS that comes out of Grace Church.

Meanwhile, Jean Reed, Kemp Williams, and the rest of the gossips at the church will continue to prattle on about how I’m defaming the “servants of Christ” at the church, while lamenting the chaos that they claim I am sowing. But the precipitous decline in the parish comes from their own endorsement of bad behavior; their unwillingness to examine their conduct, individually and collectively; and their failure to recognize a simple notion: The only way to avoid being criticized for hypocrisy is for a church to try to live up to the standards it professes.

In all of this, one thing’s certain: Neither Grace Church, nor perjuring priest Bob Malm, nor Susan Goff and the rest of the fat cats and bloodsucking leaches at the diocese will ever acknowledge that Bob Malm is a perjurer, let alone say thank you to anyone who tells the truth.

They are simply too corrupt to do so, and just like the good Christians of Grace Church, they have nothing but contempt for the truth.

Avoid Grace Church.


Grace Episcopal Alexandria


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

See for Yourself: Bishop Susan Goff Fully Aware of Bob Malm’s Perjury

Someone recently asked me how I know that Bishop Susan Goff is turning a blind eye to perjuring priest Bob Malm’s lies. The answer is simple: I have contacted her and other church officials directly.

Below is a screen cap in which I discuss Bob Malm’s perjury with Todd Ousley of the presiding bishop’s office, while copying Susan “Just Don’t Get Convicted” Goff.

In his response, Todd states that there is no recourse if your bishop diocesan — yes, that would be Susan — refuses to address clergy perjury.

The takeaway? Knowledge and tacit approval of perjuring priest Bob Malm’s misconduct extends all the way to the presiding bishop’s office.

Bob Malm, perjuring priest.


Sunday, June 28, 2020

Petition Seeking Review of Perjuring Priest Bob Malm’s Conduct Passes 16,000 Signatures

Even as six separate lawsuits against perjuring priest Bob Malm, his family, Kelly Motormouth Gable, and the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia move forward, the online petition demanding justice for those hurt by perjuring priest Bob Malm continues to garner signatures. 

Earlier today, the petition broke 16,000 signatures, and it shows no signs of slowing down.

Meanwhile, Episcopal bishop Susan Goff and the other fat cats in that fusty old heap of antebellum history, Mayo House, continue to bury their hands in the sand by refusing to deal with Bob Malm’s perjury and lies.

Somehow, it’s fitting. Mayo House, a spectacularly costly and poorly maintained relic of the past, has numerous ties to the slave trade. Yet even as Susan Goff bloviates about “the way of love,” she sees no irony in hanging out in this monument to injustice.

How appropriate.




Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Vienna Presbyterian’s Response to Abuse Markedly Different from that of Susan Goff, DioVA


Some years ago, Vienna Presbyterian faced a scandal involving its youth minister, who allegedly had abused young women in the church. As it struggled to deal with the crisis, the church took an approach profoundly different than that of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia and Bishop Susan “Perjury’s Okay” Goff.

Shortly after news of the scandal broke, the church received the following directive from its insurance carrier:
“Do not make any statements, orally, in writing or in any manner, to acknowledge, admit to or apologize for anything that may be evidence of or interpreted as (a suggestion that) the actions of Vienna Presbyterian Church ... caused or contributed to any damages arising from the intentional acts/abuse/misconduct” by the youth director.”
The church declined to follow the attorney’s advice, with its board saying in a letter to the church, “Members of Staff and of Session are profoundly sorry that VPC’s response after the abuse was discovered was not always helpful to those entrusted to our care.”

Similarly, Pastor Peter James said in a sermon, “We won’t hide behind lawyers ... Jesus said the truth will set us free.”

Ironically, Bob Malm, in an email to the church vestry, which included his talking points that falsely stated that Mike and I left the church on our own and that our claims were untrue, cited the same Biblical verse, noting that it is “itched” in the church’s rose window.

Today, of course, Grace Church, Susan Goff, and the Diocese continue to try to defend their conduct in court, including their claim that Bob Malm’s perjury is not actionable as a disciplinary matter unless he faces criminal charges.

And that is exactly why the Episcopal Church is nearing its end—with few exceptions, it has lost all claim to moral legitimacy. Instead, it’s all about power, control, and ownership of assets.





Friday, April 3, 2020

Breaking News: Grace Episcopal Alexandria Again Sued

Grace Episcopal Church Claims its Threatened by Domestic Terrorism
Grace Church’s Filing Calling Mom a “Domestic Terrorist”


It’s been a long time coming, but earlier today Mom’s estate filed suit against Grace Church, the diocese, and several named individuals. Due to the state of emergency in Pennsylvania and the closure of the relevant courts, it may be several more days before things are official. But barring the unforeseen, I expect that everything will be complete by May 10.

One of the interesting things in all of this will be seeing how the church explains its claims that Mom defamed it, and why it tried to drag a dying woman into court in violation of state law. Needless to say, I have alerted the news media, and I expect that we’ll see a great deal of additional publicity emerge. 

It should also be interesting to hear explanations from the church as to how Mom’s collective pseudonym, “The Killer B’s,” which she borrowed from Pittsburgh sports teams and her favorite classic rock band, is an act of “domestic terrorism” as claimed by the church in the Pennsylvania courts. In fact, in talking with the clerk of courts in the relevant jurisdiction, it is fair to say that she howled with laughter. 

Hearing folks explain how Mom or someone claiming to be her allegedly repeatedly set up appointments with Bob Malm, only to no-show, should also prove interesting. I fully intend to make the transcripts available to the media.

So, the Episcopal Church has now been sued by a dead woman. Nice.


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

See What A Priest and Attorney Says About Perjuring Priest Bob Malm and Susan Don’t-Get-Arrested Goff

I recently have been in extended discussions with a priest and attorney about the state of affairs at Grace Episcopal, the clergy perjury parish, and the wreck that is the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia under Susan Goff. While I cannot share specifics, one exchange is worth reporting, and reinforces that the Episcopal Church is morally bankrupt.

Read the attached from bottom to top. The photo I included, of Mom in advanced congestive heart failure — at a time when Sugarland Chiow and Bob Malm falsely told the Virginia courts that Mom was up and about and doing fine. Recall that this was in conjunction with their effort to drag Mom into court—an effort that the Pennsylvania courts immediately quashed as illegal, since Sugarland had not, as required by law, obtained advance leave of court.

Sugarland Chiow and perjuring priest Bob Malm — true examples of Jesus’ message of love and compassion. Fully supported by Susan “Don’t Get Arrested” Goff.










Thursday, March 12, 2020

Run! My Advice to Millennials and Gen Z’ers About The Episcopal Church

Priestly perjury plant, in honor of Bob Malm
Today I wanted to share my thoughts on The Episcopal Church with millenials and gen z-er’s. My advice: Keep doing what you’re doing and steer clear of the church. Or, if you’re not already doing that run, don’t walk, to the nearest exit.

When it comes to young people, studies offer some good news for society: Much like millennials, gen z’ers are compassionate, concerned about others, and inclusive. They’re also unlikely to hold rigid notions of right and wrong when it comes to sexual ethics and other issues.

Ten years ago, I would have said those trends spell good news for The Episcopal Church. Inclusive, free-thinking, concerned about social justice and the environment, the church seemed a good fit for generations to come.

Today, I know better. Time after time, I’ve seen how The Episcopal Church talks a good game, while in reality it remains stuck in a Madmen-era time warp.

For example, one hears recited at worship the Baptismal Covenant, in which Episcopalians promise to “respect the dignity of every human being.” Sounds good on paper, but this is a church that is just starting to address sexual harassment, almost 50 years ago after such conduct became verboten in corporate America.

Similarly, the clericalism of the church, in which clergy are treated as somehow superior to laity, is not just hypocritical. It’s repulsive. The folks in the pews are the ones who support the food pantry, the homeless shelter and more through donations of time and money. These are given after what, for many, is already a 50-60 hour workweek. This contrasts sharply with Bob Malm, with his regular work hours, $200,000 compensation package, $100,000 bonus, month at the beach every summer and time off for marathons and golf.

Nor would this oversized clericalism necessarily be a bad thing if Bob lived an exemplary life. But as I’ve discussed elsewhere, when criticized for his conduct towards parishioners, Bob has no problem yelling, “Why should I give a fuck?” (Yes, there were witnesses.) Bob commits perjury, lies to vestry members and parishioners repeatedly, tries to drag the dying into court, and curses like a sailor at sporting events. (Yup, witnesses to that, too.)

For the record, I don’t have an issue with cursing, but it’s not something I expect regularly from a priest. The rest I don’t expect from anyone, let alone a priest.

Right about now, the Bob Malm fan club, including Bob himself, responds by saying, “Well, he’s human too.” I get that, but most of us don’t try to drag the dying into court. We have an issue with perjury. We have an issue with lying to people we claim to care about. And we have an issue with bullying and harassment, whether in church, school, or the workplace. In other words, Bob’s conduct is far below what we hope for in our friends, let alone our clergy.

Nor do I think most of us have much in common with a overaged frat boy whose life revolves around beer, running, golf and the beach, with bad hair color, alligator skin, nasty teeth and an ugly hair transplant. If nothing else, few get to spend a month at the beach every year. In fact many, myself included, haven’t had a vacation in years.

Nor is the problem confined to Grace Church. In fact, The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia has repeatedly said in writing that it doesn’t have an issue with Bob’s conduct. That specifically includes:
  • Bullying.
  • Failing to safeguard church funds (think thousands of dollars of cash previously unaccounted for, as well as numerous spare checks and bank deposits routinely showing up at the bank in amounts different than what is on the deposit ticket.)
  • Possible gender-based harassment.
The icing on the cake is when the diocese said, in writing, that Bob’s perjury only counts if he faces criminal charges. I even emailed Bishop Susan Goff about that, and appealed to Melissa Hollerith. The latter is the priest in charge of the clergy disciplinary committee. This sort of facially broken ethical reference point illustrates all too well how the church’s main priority is protecting the organization, versus doing what’s right. It’s exactly the reason young people already distrust the church, and I can assure them these issues are not getting any better over time.

Indeed, the diocese and parish are still in court, trying to defend Bob Malm’s perjury. So it’s fair to say that the diocese has had numerous opportunities to fix things, but its priority is not, and never has been, acting with integrity.

The diocese also likes to have things both ways. When it comes to clergy discipline, the diocese will point people to church wardens, or local elected leaders, oblivious to the fact that Bob Malm chooses the wardens at Grace Church. “The bishop really doesn’t have that level of authority,” says Todd Ousley, a senior denominational official who handles clergy discipline.

Yet in recent days we have seen Bishop Goff, the leader of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, shut down almost all church worship meetings through the end of the month due to the coronavirus. So help me understand: How does that work? How can Goff have the power to shutter churches throughout the diocese, but not the ability to address clergy misconduct in local parishes?

Couple that with the church’s priorities and things really get ugly. Grace Episcopal can afford to pay Malm a $100,000 bonus, but it devotes less than 3 percent of its budget to caring for those in need? How does that work? And telling me that the school is part of its ministry is just bogus. So what? Kids learn how to properly wax Mommy and Daddy’s Escalade? Please. 

Then we get to folks at Grace Church urging me to commit suicide, bullying each other and more. Jesus loved everyone, but folks at Grace church flip you off if you criticize the church. Nice.

Or Jeff “Sugarland” Chiow, the church’s attorney, with his inflammatory rhetoric, fake places and fake events. Or naming part of the church building after perjuring priest Bob Malm. All I can say is if any of these issues reflect your idea of Christianity, no thanks. You can keep it.

In short, The Episcopal Church has damned little to do with Jesus, and everything to do with being a little clique of well-heeled members of a religious club. So if you are a young person — or any age, for that matter — do yourself a favor: Look for meaning, ethics, and connection with others elsewhere. You’re going to be sadly disappointed with The Episcopal Church.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

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 the fact that they are both factual and do not name Grace Church as the subject of my comments. But my comments did appear on Subversive Preacher, where I pointed out that, in essence, Grace Church is throttling itself with its wasteful spending, its focus on maintaining a creaky 1950’s relic of a building, and its rampant clericalism, including its $100,000 bonus in 2014 to Bob Malm.

Below are Cam’s responses, which are spot on. They only point where he gets it wrong is the notion that the diocese would question Bob Malm’s $100,000 bonus. Suffice it to say, unless you are having an affair with a parishioner, Susan Goff and the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, like Pontius Pilate, wash their hands of all clergy misconduct, even Bob Malm’s perjury. And Grace’s vestry actively supports such misconduct.

I had to laugh, too: The notion that Grace Church could actually grow from conflict is absurd on its face. The church loves conflict, and is determined to reduce its membership via strategic use of conflict. Just ask Bob Malm, Sugarland Chiow, Jan Spence, Lisa Medley and Alison Campbell. 

Here are his comments:


Friday, February 28, 2020

BREAKING NEWS: Petition Seeking Full, Fair, Independent Investigation of Perjuring Priest Bob Malm Passes 5,000 Signatures

My petition seeking a full, fair, independent investigation into perjuring priest Bob Malm’s conduct has zoomed past 5000 signatures. As a result, signatures equal 7.28 percent of the 2018 membership of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, which fell to 68,902 members, down 13 percent over a ten-year period.

Signatures equate to 9.18 percent of the 2018 membership of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, where perjuring priest Bob Malm now serves as interim at St. Gabriel’s, Marion.

Total signatures are more than 5 times the total 2018 membership of Grace Church.

Meanwhile, the diocese, which is unwilling to address Bob Malm’s perjury, says it’s forming a Committee on Reconciliation. But how can the diocese hope to achieve any sort of reconciliation when it is consistently unwilling to speak the truth?

Hypocrisy, thy name is Episcopal.







Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Check it Out: More Lenten Hypocrisy from Bishop Susan Goff

You have to hand it to bishop Susan Goff and the other fat cats at Mayo House—they have real chutzpah. The sort that just makes me laugh at their hypocrisy.

In her Lenten message, Bishop Susan Goff gases on about the winter of our souls, and the spring-like blossoms that can be found if we look. She cites several examples, most notably: “in the reconciliation that comes when we dare to listen without judgment and speak without reproach..”

That begs the question: How does this comport with brushing off Bob Malm’s perjury by saying you’ll only take action if he faces criminal charges? Doesn’t charity start at home? How is brushing off misconduct “listening?”

If that is the best she can do, Susan Goff would do all involved a favor by retiring.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Diocese of Western Massachusetts Response to Allegations of Abuse Stands in Sharp Contrast to that of DioVA and Susan Goff


Earlier today, the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts released a statement in the case of Gregory Lisby, an Episcopal priest who allegedly has admitted to possession of child pornography. Further, evidence has emerged that Lisby may have abused a teen in the parish.

In a letter to the diocese, Bishop Douglas Fisher says:
“I am deeply saddened to know that a priest is alleged to have committed such a grievous sin,” Fisher wrote, “and on behalf of the entire church, I offer my most heartfelt apology to the victim, the victim’s family and to everyone whose trust in the church has been violated. 
“I cannot undo this terrible situation, but I can commit our diocese to telling the truth and seeking healing and reconciliation for anyone who has been harmed by Lisby.”
That stands in marked contrast to the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, which has consistently engaged in coverup of Bob Malm’s misconduct. This includes insisting that it will not so much as look into allegations that Malm has committed perjury, repeatedly made false statements of law and fact to the courts, and more. Indeed, via the Rev. Sven vanBaars, the diocese has said it will only take action if Malm faces criminal charges.

Currently, the diocese and Church Insurance are defending their conduct in court. That includes throwing money at the matter, even going so far as to hire a transcription service for the first return—something that almost never happens. In short, the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia is diing everything in its power to avoid telling the truth.

Meanwhile, church members continue to make obscene gestures at me and otherwise demonstrate just how toxic their brand of “Christianity” really is.

Caveat emptor—the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, Grace Episcopal Church and Bishop Susan Goff are morally bankrupt.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Reflections on Abuse, the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, and the Failure of Leadership

Lately I’ve had several fascinating discussions with experts on abuse about the topic of why organizations like the Episcopal church tolerate and conceal abuse. While many of the conversations have, predictably enough, centered on sexual abuse, the underlying issues remain relevant.

To be clear, Bob Malm is not accused of sexual misconduct. Nor is anyone within the diocese. But at the same time, as far as I can tell the diocese has steadfastly refused to address Bob Malm’s perjury, or even to follow its own canons when it comes to clergy discipline.

One consistent theme in the discussions I’ve had has been that organizations tend to try to protect their reputation, even at the expense of doing something so basic as protecting children. As a result, a culture of silence grows, and group think sets in.

Another person reminded me that narcissistic personalities are often incredibly gifted manipulators, with emotional predators typically able to portray an image of kindness and compassion that is able to fool even a skilled tribunal. And so it would seem in the case of Bob Malm, who is able to portray a friendly, congenial, supportive personality, while masking a lack of genuine empathy for those entrusted to his pastoral care. Certainly, his willingness to go after Mike in his vendetta, his multiple lies to parishioners and others, his inflammatory courtroom rhetoric, and his willingness to pursue a terminally ill woman suggest that he is not someone who should have ever been ordained in the first place. 





But the most important thing I have heard and read suggests that a failure in leadership goes right to the top. In that regard, +Shannon and +Susan have both repeatedly shown that they do not understand the dynamics of abuse. nor do they have any real desire to address it, beyond those situations in which doing so is absolutely unavoidable. And given that the bishops have taken a pass on misuse of funds and perjury, it is difficult to imagine that much other than sexual misconduct would ever get their attention. Indeed, it was laughably ironic when Caroline Parkinson said, in response to my concerns about the alleged child molester in the parish. “Now you’re talking about something that actually matters.”

In fairness to diocesan officials, that also illustrates the very limited training clergy actually have in mental health and abuse prevention. But then, given the number of toxic clergy I have encountered, perhaps it is best that they not get further access to this sort of information. Indeed, some authors suggest that narcissists often treat counseling as nothing more than training sessions in which they learn how to become more adept at getting away with misconduct.

But no matter how you parse it, it is clear to me that the failure of leadership in the diocese extends all the way to the top. And it is that very failure that leads to communication like the one that follows, from a young adult member of Grace Church. Tellingly, Bob Malm tried to claim in court that this was a threat against him. The sad reality, though, is it’s an indictment of him, the parish and the diocese.






Saturday, November 16, 2019

This Christmas, Remember the Meaning of Christmas

This Christmas, remember the true meaning of the holiday: Compassion, kindness, love.

Boycott Grace Episcopal, the clergy perjury parish, where clergy lie under oath with impunity and it’s okay to drag the dying into court.



Reflections on the Diocesan Annual Convention, Inclusion, and Integrity




With the 225th diocesan annual convention winding down later today, it’s fitting to reflect on lessons learned from protesting outside the meeting and related questions.

What is most notable about the convention is that, with all those dog collars roaming around, not one person asked me about my protests. Not one. Yes, there were a ton of hits on the blog, and a few people took my photo, but nothing beyond that.

The lack of communication is telling. As a modern-day metaphoric leper at the gate, my situation underscores one of the great myths about the church, which is that it is inclusive. It is not. Most often, it’s just indifferent. That’s sad, because it directly contradicts Jesus’ message about “as you have done to the least of these, so also have you done unto me.”

If nothing else, when I have seen demonstrators, persons with car problems or other issues outside my church, I’ve always made it a point to welcome them in. Many say no, fearing that the invite is a recruitment effort. But quite a few also have found that, even if the church doesn’t meet a need for a spiritual home, it’s at least a safe place to shelter from the vicissitudes of life.

My inclination would also be to learn more and see if there is anything I could do to help. If nothing else, I’d be concerned about the church’s reputation, and eager to do what I can to at least soften the conflict.

(It’s also amusing to see Episcopalians pretending they don’t see you. It’s like a Monty Python movie:

“It’s a bloody protester.”

“No, you daft bastard, it’s bloody terrorist. Why, he’s even carrying a sign.”

“Blimey, and I thought he was a protestor!”

“Well, I can’t see him. Can you?”)

That also points to underlying integrity issues with the church. How can the church be healthy and whole when it ignores problems literally at its doorstep? Hardly loving, liberating or life-giving.

That also raises the more tactical question: Will the diocese and its attorneys have the integrity to admit that Bob Malm committed perjury? Or will they try to defend conduct that is utterly indefensible?

If past results are any indication of future performance, they will do their utmost to avoid addressing the elephant in the room.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Breaking News: Grace Episcopal, the Clergy Perjury Parish, Set for Court December 17

Predictably enough, neither diocesan chancellor JP Causey, nor Grace Episcopal, have responded to my request to honor the court’s subpoena, signed by the judge, directing them to permit inspection and copying of documents relevant to my case. I asked that they do so by 5 PM today.

As a result, I have filed a motion to compel against both Bishop Goff and the parish. Motions court is set for December 17 at 1:30 PM. The date is somewhat delayed due to the fact I have arranged for personal service on the defendants. This seems a sensible precaution in light of the previous lack of professionalism and ethically questionable conduct displayed by both the parish and the diocese, which includes Bob Malm’s perjury and Sugarland Chiow’s various false and misleading statements to the tribunal.

Given that the court date falls squarely within Advent, this all seems appropriate.

A copy has been emailed to diocesan officials as well as the parish.




Friday, November 1, 2019

My Comments on Religion News Service

Following is my response to an article on Religion News Service “Christianity as We Know it is Dying.”

The death of organized religion comes as no surprise when, as in my case, the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia (including Bishop Susan Goff and Melissa Hollerith, wife of Randy Hollerith, dean of the National Cathedral), can tell me with a straight face that courtroom perjury against me by my former priest, Bob Malm of Grace Episcopal in Alexandria VA, is okay on the grounds that he didn’t face criminal charges for it. (And for the record yes, I know what defamation is. I also know that truth is an absolute defense.)

Finally, after wasting a whole lot of time and effort trying to get the diocese to drain its own swamp, I have filed suit in the Virginia courts for abuse of process and breach of fiduciary duty). Among the respondents are the diocese, Susan Goff, and my former parish. It will be interesting indeed to see how they respond to my request for evidence in support of Bob’s perjury. Of course, if they were Christians, they would come right out and, after conducting their own investigation, admit that there is none. But I do not believe that level of integrity can be found in The Episcopal Church. And even were I to lose based on procedural or other grounds, I am still happy to call a spade a spade.

Meanwhile, members of my former parish engage in smear campaigns against me, fire off the old one-gun-salute to Jesus as they roll past, threaten me, attempt to interfere with my employment, and more. And then they wonder why the parish is imploding.

If you want to learn more about my abuse at the hands of a church that I once loved, my blog is located at http://www.gracealexwatch.org.

In the meantime, I’ll add only that the author is spot on: If the church wants to survive, it needs to start being the church.

Find the original at: http://disq.us/p/25asarz




Saturday, October 26, 2019

Second Lawsuit


Steps are now under way to file a second lawsuit against Grace Episcopal Church, the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, Susan Goff, and several other parties, including multiple church staff, volunteers, and independent contractors. I anticipate the suit will be filed in Pennsylvania and will involve multiple plaintiffs. Several of the defendants will be added once the initial suit is filed.

Not a great time for Planet Malm

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Will Susan Goff Tell The Truth?

Will Susan Goff put her money where her mouth is and admit that Bob Malm committed perjury? Or will she continue to deny the truth and show all the world what is becoming increasingly obvious, which is that The Episcopal Church is morally bankrupt, interested only in its fast dwindling power and prestige? Will she put into practice Jesus’ teaching that, “As you have done to the least of these, so also have you done to me?”

Safe money says she will continue to act as an enabler, endorsing Bob Malm’s perjury by refusing to address it or offer restitution for the harm her actions have caused.

Susan, this is your chance. Lead by example. Demonstrate integrity.