Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Houston’s All Saints Anglican: Are Rev. Jones and AMiA the problem?

When the Chairman of the Board of Trustee (BOT) of Igbo-dominated All Saints Anglican Church in Houston walked into a house event hosted by a church member a few weeks ago, it became obvious that the trouble besieging the parish for more than 20 months now is far from over. He was ushered in with an Igbo victory song proclaiming the removal of the embattled Parish Priest, Venerable Ogbunugwu. While some guests walked out in disappointment, others including the flamboyant chairman himself, toasted with alcohol, jubilated, and touted a proposed announcement of the parish priest’s removal.

Realistically, the problems that suffuse All Saints are like the Gaza Strip. Community members had hoped a timely intervention by Bishop Jones representing the Anglican Mission in the Americas (AMiA), under which this parish operates, would yield completely positive results – but it is indeed troubling that after the Right Reverend Jones lured, or compelled, All Saints Anglican to a pricey arbitration procedure headed by one Reverend Sims, the process which started with a retainer of $7,500 swelled to almost $26,000.00.

To make it worse, the reports, and recommendations generated in the process were dumped out of consideration. Besides, and more troubling is that the same Right Reverend Jones is now pushing for an internal mediation process that currently relegates his trust and dependence. To read more, click here.

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