Hot off the press comes this newsflash:
Pittsburgh, PA – Today the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church recognized a local group committed to the U.S. church as the legitimate Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh.
The recognition by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori came in the form of accepting a new Standing Committee as the governing body of the diocese that remained after former leaders voted to leave the church on October 4th.
“I do recognize the Rev. James Simons and the two people he appointed as the rightful Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh,” Jefferts Schori wrote in an e-mail to the Rev. Simons, the only remaining member of the Standing Committee and the one responsible for reorganizing a diocese within the Episcopal Church.
Now the hard work begins. Believe it or not the flash and the glamor is over. The work of building a diocese that is all inclusive, that truly subscribes to the three-legged stool concept begins anew. Unlike San Joaquin, which is now working on bringing and keeping the conservatives of the diocese in the diocese and providing/keeping their voice active you guys seem to have that section under control. Looks like you will need to figure out how to bring in the liberal less-orthodox members of the diocese and give them and/or have them keep their voice. Perhaps together - via long distance/internet we can work together to make these things happen. For better or worse we will become the backbone of the Episcopal Church. We may be the last best hope to have this church we so dearly love be renewed and reinvigorated and reopened to be the "big tent" all -inclusive Church this was always meant to be!
May the peace of God which passes all understanding keep the members of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh in the knowledge and love of God.