Behold the Sinking Ship
The neo-pagans running the Episcopal Church may have won a lots of battles, but they’re still going to lose the war. In the process, a lot of Anglicans and other former Episcopalians are going to do some gloating, I’m sure. So have at it: Turns out that the Episcopal seminary until recently led by Molech cult priestess Katharine Ragsdale is going belly up, according to Jeff Walton of the IRD:
In a surprise move, the Board of Trustees for one of the 10 schools educating Episcopal Church seminarians has voted to cease granting degrees at the conclusion of the 2016-2017 school year. It is unclear how Episcopal Divinity School of Cambridge, Massachusetts might continue on, with the board stating that it “will explore options for EDS’s future” in the coming year.
That’s boilerplate. An institution of higher (or in EDS’ case, lower) education doesn’t have any options if it stops granting degrees. The individuals may re-form it into a think tank or something like that, but it ceases to be a school for the training (using the term loosely) of ministers.
Interim Dean Francis Fornaro, who took office in March of 2015 following the departure of former Dean Katharine Ragsdale, will resign in November and stated “I totally disagree with this resolution.” Fornaro is a 1996 graduate of the seminary and previously served as adjunct faculty there.
“A school that has taken on racism, sexism, heterosexism, and multiple interlocking oppressions is now called to rethink its delivery of theological education in a new and changing world,” declared former Washington National Cathedral Dean and EDS Board Chairman Gary Hall in an official announcement. “Ending unsustainable spending is a matter of social justice.”
That’s got to be some kind of record for stuffing the most SJW cliches in the fewest words, at least in the world of seminary trustees. Of course, EDS hasn’t delivered “theological education” for a long time, so no matter what happens, it won’t be any loss to the Christian world.
Episcopal Divinity School was formed from the 1974 merger of Philadelphia Divinity School and Episcopal Theological School, both of which trace their origins to the mid-1800s. The Cambridge, Massachusetts seminary sold property worth over $33 million to neighboring Lesley University in 2009 in an effort to pay off outstanding debt and regain the school’s financial footing. According to The Living Church, EDS draws 7 percent from its $66 million endowment to cover operating costs; 5 percent or less would be considered sustainable.
It sounds like they’ve discovered a terrible truth: you can only spend like a drunken congressman if you have a printing press that can legally print money. A seminary, not so much.
RIP, EDS. Unitarians everywhere will grieve for you.
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