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Check it Out: Questions for Assistant Rector Candidates
Posted by: Eric_Bonetti ()
Date: January 24, 2019 12:33PM

With the parish’s annual meeting now only a few days away, Grace church has said it hopes to begin the search for a full-time assistant rector shortly afterwards. With that in mind, and recognizing that this controversy likely will come up during the interview process (and should!), here are some insider’s questions that candidates can use when they meet with Bob Malm.

Have you personally reached out to Mr. Bonetti and his family to resolve this conflict? Have you spoken directly with his mother about these issues? His spouse? How did that go?

It looks like you made a settlement offer to Mr. Bonetti. If accepted, how would a settlement ensure your safety and that of the parish?

I see that you refer to Eric as “dysfunctional,” “sick,” and “twisted” in your emails to the diocese. How does that comport with your vows as a priest and the baptismal covenant?

I understand the church attempted to subpoena Eric’s mother, who is dying of COPD. Can you explain to me why that was necessary?

You have stated on multiple occasions that you believe that Mr. Bonetti is mentally ill. If that’s the case, what steps did you take to get him help? Have you ever discussed your concerns directly with him?

Do you think Grace Church’s internal dynamics are healthy? If so, why?

Why did Fanny Belanger abruptly leave with two years left on her letter of agreement?

How do your actions as rector reflect the baptismal covenant to members of the church?

What effect has this conflict had on the church and its finances, and what is your plan for resolving these issues?

The church has lost more than a 100 pledging units since this conflict arose. Why do you think that is and how do you plan to address those issues?

How do you feel about the fact that Eric and his entire family have left the Christian faith over this conflict?

What do you see as the ultimate outcome of this conflict?

Of course, some of these are tough questions to ask during an interview. But candidates who don’t ask these questions run the risk of being dragged into a situation that damages their careers and diminishes their own faith.

My advice to candidates: Learn as much as you can, make your own decision, proceed at your own peril.

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Re: Check it Out: Questions for Assistant Rector Candidates
Posted by: sadufydsaioufkjb ()
Date: January 24, 2019 03:36PM

Yo Dawg, Imma go out on a limb and suggest that Fairfax Underground is, in fact, NOT the top online forum where assistant rector candidates for Grace Episcopal are performing their due diligence.

OTOH, maybe one of them will print this out and ask Big Bob this exact list of questions a few short days from now. Anything is possible in Sugarland, amirite?!?!

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Re: Check it Out: Questions for Assistant Rector Candidates
Posted by: LMAO in Sugarland ()
Date: January 24, 2019 05:21PM

Yeah FXU prolly isn’t assistant rector central. On the other hand, Google loves quantity, so this may pop up in search results.

And I may even put together a checklist of interview questions:

- What’s the best way to subpoena a terminally ill non- Christian who lives out of state?

- As clergy, how do you feel about lying under oath?

- You see a terrorist in the parking lot. Besides pressing your “single button emergency transmitter,” how do you respond?

- Brooks Brothers or Vineyard Vines: Which is better and why?

- If you needed $600k in a hurry, what would you do?

Forget the whole, “Why ya wanna work here?” routine. Let’s see how you do in Sugarland!

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