When we selected the theme of integrity for this issue many months ago, we had no idea that so many current news stories, ranging from the highly personal to the international, would illustrate the breadth and urgency of the topic.
We have the sad duty to report two examples on page 42. One is the matter of missing funds in the New England Synod. It's too soon to know what the explanation will be. The other example is that a third synod bishop has resigned because of sexual misconduct. The North Carolin a bishop is a friend — actually my synod bishop. And yet the issue of integrity must come into question when anyone lets his or her name go forward for a leadership position, knowing that something in the past could surface and be so painful for all of us.
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