Friday, April 17, 2009

TEC Loses a Bright Light to Retirement

Saw this yesterday at Episcopal Life Online:

The Rev. Canon Brian J. Grieves, longtime peace and justice officer for the Episcopal Church and currently the senior director of its four mission centers, and Maureen Shea, director of the church's Office of Government Relations, will leave their posts after General Convention, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has announced...

Shea has been director of the Office of Government Relations since 2003. "Having come to this position after a long career in Washington, I feel truly blessed to have been able to work for my church on the justice issues about which I care most," Shea said. "Thanks to a superb staff, the support of Brian Grieves and presiding bishops Jefferts Schori and [Frank] Griswold, Episcopalians across the country, and the Bishops Working for a Just World, we have strengthened our voice on issues of both domestic and international peace and justice."

Much more here, including the news that Grieves' and Maureen's positions may be merged in the future. That move, I think, would make sense.

Maureen was one of my supervisors when I interned at OGR and the Episcopal Public Policy Network last summer. She knows her way around Washington, the church, and public policy. I congratulate her on her retirement, but regret this loss for our church and our government.

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