Feasibility Study Reveals Diocese of Vermont in Serious Trouble
Episcopalians in the Diocese of Vermont have rejected an $11 million dollar fund-raising campaign to prop up the diocese, citing goals that were too ambitious, including parish financial struggles, divisive GLBT issues and an uninspiring leadership.Following a two year capital campaign feasibility study requested by a committee that included Bishop Thomas Ely to raise much needed funds for the diocese, an outside consulting team concluded that Vermont Episcopalians feel disconnected enough to the Diocese to not want to invest significant amounts of their time, money and effort in a campaign for the Diocese "at this point" ...
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#1 May 11, 2011
"Episcopalians are concerned about a range of challenges that make them reluctant to endorse the campaign. In their congregations, members are seeing budget stress, rapidly declining and aging membership, deteriorating buildings, and an uncertain world that brings into question the outreach and spirituality that would otherwise be their touchstones. Along with these concerns, many members feel disconnected from the Diocese."
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