Kutsko is the new executive director of the Society of Biblical Literature. He has written a letter to all SBL members in response to the discussion generated by Ron Hendel’s op-ed in BAR in which Hendel explained his reasons for letting his SBL membership lapse. Go here, here and here for examples of the discussion Hendel’s piece set in motion. Kutsko’s letter clarifies a number of points and offers a way forward.
I’m not certain the letter is meant to be the point of departure for online conversation about SBL and its future. If the letter is posted online or permission is granted to quote from and discuss it on the God-forsaken internet, then I have a post or two just waiting to hit the cybersphere.