The head of an organization dedicated to advancing LGBT advocacy within the Episcopal Church has resigned amid accusations of mismanagement and lack of transparency.
The Rev. Gwen Fry, who had been elected president of Integrity USA in June 2018 to serve a three-year term, announced last week in a letter dated Nov. 25 that she was resigning from her position due to various personal and health issues.
“A few months ago, I returned from medical leave. I moved across the country and reunited with my wife after a lengthy separation. We are in the middle of selling one house and purchasing another one,” she explained.
“Following my relocation, I have taken a more hands on role regarding my extended family that includes failing physical health, dementia and suicidal ideation causing hospitalization. As you can imagine, it has been a stressful time.”
Fry’s term as president was a tumultuous one, with multiple Integrity board members resigning and many longtime supporters expressing criticism regarding the direction of the group.
Former Integrity president the Reverend Susan Russell explained to Episcopal News Service last week that she believed the group “has been struggling to find its voice in a new paradigm of advocacy for LGTBQ Episcopalians.”
“The institutional structure that served its work in the past is not designed to meet the challenges of either the present or the future. And so it’s time for new vision and new leadership,” said Russell to ENS.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski