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[HoB/D] Amounts the free-loaders are taking us for
The tab at the very least comes to these totals for the dioceses which have not contributed a dime to TEC for 2007, the most recently completed year.: Colombia $20,188 Dallas $261,373 Fort Worth $124,508 Honduras $243,564 Pittsburgh $140,216 Quincy $15,091 Venezuela $4,290 [and San Joaquin $72,296, but deputies have fled, ostensibly with all the assets; and it would not be fair to charge their tab to those faithful Episcopalians who have moved to ministry in the ruins.] It seems to me one thing to say that out of principle I will not fund programs of which I disapprove. I think that is terrible stewardship, yet I can respect principled financial boycots. It is quite another thing to participate in an organization and force others to pay your fair share of the organization's basic operating expenses. Many organizations, including some dioceses, would not let you get away with such theft. In some dioseses you cannot vote at convention if your parish has not paid its assessments. Those who prefer, as does the General Convention, to let diocesan contributions be voluntary by no means take away the dioceses' obligation to pay their fair share of basic operation costs. "Contributions" is possibly the wrong word to us to designate bill payments of this kind. Cf. "obligations." Deputies who show up at GC from dioceses which have not paid a dime are running up the cost for the rest of us. The money we have to give to pay for their participation is money being redirected from vital missions to feed the poor, care for the sick, shelter refugees, respond to disasters...... I computed these amounts the free-loaders owe by looking at the budget that we adopted for the triennium, at http://www.episcopalchurch.org/documents/budget2006_final_ENG.pdf These are expenses for this triennium to keep GC and both Houses in business. They are called 'canonical' expenses, expenses required by our canons to be paid first to assure that we are in operation to take on program and mission. Program and mission costs are not part of this narrow selection from the total $152,002,988 budgets for TEC in the triennium: $5,111,975 Office of the Presiding Bishop $300,000 Extra Episcopal expenses $639,000 HoB $336,515 HoD $3,487,247 Offices of GC $3,691,350 Site costs for GC $2,245,100 Other Exec, GC, and CCAB expenses ========== $15,811,187 The budget we approved in Columbus notes that 19% of its debits are for canonical expenses. My bare bone account, to focus just on the costs of GC, comes to only 10.4% of the budget. Next, I computed the share of all TEC communicants who reside in the dioceses who have not contributed even a dime towards their 2007 assessments. That is their percent of thee $15,811,187 costs. Of course there are other offenders who have not contributed anything like their share of the costs. For example, Like the rest of us, the Diocese of Texas is asked to give 21% of its income but actually is giving at the rate of only 7.5%, or a loss to the rest of us of $2,501,435 over the triennium. "Some dioceses intentionally contribute no money whatsoever to the mission and life of The Episcopal Church. Several others create their own formulas, always offering less than the 21% Asking. Some dioceses are genuinely unable to meet the Asking. If all our dioceses did contribute at the Asking level, our mission would be funded by an additional $8,000,000 each year, or $24,000,000 for the triennium." From the Budget for The Episcopal Church, 2007-2009, pages 1-2 "'Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back part of the proceeds at your disposal? How is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You did not lie to us but to God!.' Now when Ananias heard these words, he fell down and died and a great fear seized all who heard it. The young men came and wrapped up his body, then carried him out and buried him." --Acts 5: 3-6 Louie, L1 Newark Louie Crew, 377 S. Harrison St., 12D, E. Orange, NJ 07018 973-395-1068 http://www.gracechurchinnewark.org/ Home of "America the Beautiful"
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