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The Feb. 26 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.

This edition includes coverage of the lawsuit by Bishop Stacy Sauls against the Episcopal Church. Matthew Townsend writes:

The Rt. Rev. Stacy Sauls, the Episcopal Church’s former chief operating officer who was placed on administrative leave in December 2015 and lost his job, has filed a lawsuit alleging a conspiracy by senior leadership of the Episcopal Church.

Sauls was COO beginning in 2011. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, only weeks into his tenure, ordered an investigation into multiple complaints about the work environment at the church center.

Bishop Curry placed Sauls and his two chief assistants — Sam McDonald, deputy chief operating officer and director of mission, and Alex Baumgarten, director of public engagement and mission communications — on administrative leave.

When the investigation concluded, Bishop Curry dismissed Baumgarten and McDonald. He said the investigation found that Sauls “did not violate workplace policy, was unaware of the policy violations of the two staff members reporting to him, and operated within the scope of his office,” but that Sauls would not return to his duties.

In a 25-page complaint filed in the circuit court of Mobile County, Alabama, Sauls’s attorneys outline allegations that a “wrongful conspiracy via a calculated, determined, and prolonged series of attacks” against Sauls by people inside and outside of church employment resulted in his termination and has made it impossible for him to find work in the Episcopal Church.

Lawsuit Alleges ‘Wrongful Conspiracy’

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