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  1. Hi everyone. Yesterday I purchased the Arts & Faith website from Image Journal. In the coming weeks, the Image staff will work towards transferring the hosting account over to me and then I will be responsible for site decisions and upkeep. I won't presume to speak publicly for Image, but the impression I got is that they are themselves focused on transitioning to new leadership and welcomed the chance to find someone who would caretake the site while allowing them to assess what is best for the Journal and programs (like the Glen) that so many of our community cherish. For my part, my motivations, at least in the short term were pretty simple. I want to keep the site afloat and provide the communication necessary for conversations about the Ecumenical Jury and Top 100 to move forward. I don't presume that everyone here will have the same level of interest in those projects once this board is not an Image property, but my hope is that having a more active line of communication will help. I think and hope I speak for everyone who is still here in expressing gratitude to Image for stepping in when this board needed it. We probably wouldn't have an Arts & Faith forum today if it wasn't for them. Once I have administrative board control, there are a couple of superficial changes I will look into making fairly quickly. I can take a look at the "Spammers" thread and investigate how up to date that is. I'll also probably delete some of the threads in "Short Term Parking" since that area has always claimed to be a place where people can put content that will go away after several days or migrate to a more appropriate, permanent thread. I have some other ideas bubbling around my head about possible directions for the website, but as this is busy season for me both academically and in film criticism, I don't anticipate making any major changes quickly. I would also, of course, welcome input from the community about things you would like to see happen around here. I can't promise I will implement all of them, but I will listen with interest, try to think about what's for the common good, and turn the page on any lingering conflicts. The latter isn't easy, at least not for me, and I suspect my taking ownership of what is often thought to be a community property might be looked at askance in some quarters. I know I have, over the years, felt hurt personally and professionally by words and actions done by members of this community. I've quit A&F more than once and was banned by a previous administrator from posting for a season. I don't think my experience is unique, though it is not for me to say where everyone is at. I'm just saying, if you've had mixed feelings or mixed experiences at A&F and *especially* if those have involved me, I can certainly understand how change can be disconcerting. I will work on being accessible (as much as I can be as a working professional), empathetic, and (to the extent I am human) forgiving. I will also try to exercise discernment between personality clashes and unacceptable or hurtful behavior. My hope is that A&F can be a resource for those who care about the intersection of Arts & Faith. Perhaps that will just mean being an archive of a time when the board thrived. Perhaps a period of waxing will come after our period of waning. I'm not in the prediction business. But at a bare minimum, I think the site is worth preserving, warts and all. And I obviously think that it is worth investing a certain amount of my time, energy, attention, and, yes, money, towards not just keeping it afloat but keeping it moving forward. I look forward to seeing what the next chapter will bring. Thanks for reading this note to the end. Ken
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