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@theologybird: What I wish Executive Council had said

@theologybird: What I wish Executive Council had said

The Rev. Robyn Barnes, a deputy to General Convention from the Diocese of Montana, kept up an active twitter stream about last week’s Executive Council meeting. You can follow her as @theologybird, and view the entire collective twitter stream by following the hashtag #ExCoun.

Yesterday, Robyn offered further commentary on her blog Comprehension for the Sake of Truth. In What I Wish #ExCoun Said she wrote:

So where do we go from here?

I have been in enough analogous situations to know that no one person is to blame, and I’m not looking to assign blame. I want someone to assume responsibility. I have been a leader long enough to know that sometimes the leader’s job is to be the one who says, “I’m sorry.”

So here is what I wish Executive Council had said. Not just to each other. Not just to PB&F. To me. To those of us who are deputies to General Convention. To those of us who care about The Episcopal Church and our future.

“We know that the proposed budget was wildly inaccurate. We have heard the anxiety and concern these inaccuracies caused across the Church. This outpouring of concern is a result of the love and dedication people have to the mission and ministry of The Episcopal Church. We are invested in and working towards (and more detail here would be nice) passing an accurate, balanced budget at General Convetion. We apologize for the anxiety and hurt that the proposed budget caused. The Executive Council is committed to the mission and ministry of The Episcopal Church.”


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Shelley Huston

I wonder if the average person in the pews cares about the national budget or even the diocesan budget except when they see their assessment.


Accountability is an area where we could really improve. It seems like criticism/comments, regardless of intent, are all too often ignored in TEC, or treated as an attack and rebuffed without further discussion. And let’s face it–the average person in the pews has no idea what is going on with the budget. Not good.

Eric Bonetti

Ann Fontaine

If only.

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