The Prayer Book Society of Canada is planning a September special meeting to discuss its future direction in the wake of losing the services of its national director.
Earlier this year, the society terminated the services of Graham Eglington, who was national director for nine years and the society's only paid staff member.
Ted Siemens, the society's national chairman, told the Anglican Journal the elimination of Mr. Graham's job was for financial reasons. He said there has been talk of appointing an interim director. "We could not afford someone with Graham's capabilities and provide that kind of a budget to undertake activities," Mr. Siemens said.
In a news release, the society said that under Mr. Eglington's leadership it had grown to be the largest nationally governed lay organization in the Anglican Church of Canada, with an international profile. It has about 10,000 members.
Mr. Eglington did not return a call from the Journal.
Mr. Siemens told the Journal he was sorry to see Mr. Eglington go. "He is an extremely clear visionary who understands the problems and with his legalistic mind has been able to establish a lot of directions in the past ... The rank and file may not always necessarily understand and appreciate that to the degree that others would. …