The Episcopal Church has seen a 7 percent drop in contributions from local dioceses since it voted last year to approve an openly gay bishop, but officials say it may be premature to link the two developments directly.
A report presented to the church’s Executive Council February 9 revealed a decline of about $2 million in six months—perhaps the first tangible measure of the fallout from the controversial decision to approve openly gay Bishop V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire.
As a result, church treasurer Kurt Barnes has ordered a 5 percent spending cut at the church’s New York City headquarters. “The bottom line is we are continuing the mission of the church,” Barnes said in an interview. “The doomsday forecast or scenario that was thrown around at General Convention has not materialized.”