Saturday, July 27, 2019
Ain’t it Great to Be Wealthy? Grace Church Pays Bob Malm $100,000 Bonus, Borrows to Keep the HVAC On
When you give to Grace Church, is it with the idea that the parish will pay $100,000 bonuses to Bob Malm? At the same time it’s cutting health insurance benefits to other clergy and employees? Is this social justice?
Does it mater to you that the church is paying bonuses of this sort when it is borrowing to keep the HVAC on in the building?
Does it matter to you that one out of every five dollars the church brings in go to Bob Malm?
When was the last time you got a bonus of $100,000? Or were able to spend a month at the beach?
Are you comfortable funding a church where the rector commits perjury? Tries to drag a dying woman into court? Or where the vestry lies to you, falsely telling you that members left the church on their own, when in fact Bob Malm instructed church staff to exclude them? When Bob Malm goes after Mike Smith, who didn’t even arguably do anything to anyone?
When the Fairfax County Office of Consumer Affairs lists Grace Church as the only church with a successful consumer protection claim filed against it, after the parish deliberately misused memorial donations Mike Smith gave in memory of his mother? And did so on Bob Malm’s instructions?
These are valid questions to ask as you consider your pledge for 2020.