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Encyclopedia > Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh

Founded in 1865, the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh is a diocese in the Episcopal Church of the United States of America. Geographically, it encompasses several counties in western Pennsylvania with the cathedral being located in downtown Pittsburgh. It includes 66 individual parishes and in 2004 had a total membership of 20,263. The Rt. Rev. Robert Duncan was elected bishop in 1997 and is the diocese's seventh bishop. The Rt. Rev. Henry Scriven serves as a Suffragen Bishop The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Washington DC is the National Cathedral of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. ... Official language(s) None Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 160 miles (255 km)  - Length 280 miles (455 km)  - % water 2. ... Robert Duncan may refer to: Robert Duncan (1919-1988), U.S. poet Robert Duncan, U.S. physicist Robert Duncan, British TV comedy actor Robert Duncan McNeill, U.S. actor, director and producer Robert Duncan, Episcopal bishop of Pittsburgh This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages...

In addition to its parishes, the diocese is home to numerous other Episcopal organizations including the Community of Celebration, the Church Army, Rock the World Youth Mission Alliance, and the South American Missionary Society. Perhaps the most prominent of these is Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, a controvesial conservative evangelical seminary. Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry (TESM) is a seminary of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America (ECUSA) located in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. ... Conservatism or political conservatism is any of several historically related political philosophies or political ideologies. ... Look up Evangelical in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A seminary is a specialized university-like institution for the purpose of instructing students (seminarians) in theology, often in order to prepare them to become members of the clergy. ...

The Diocese of Pittsburgh has become the front line in the current struggles within the Episcopal Church. Bishop Duncan in particular has taken up a prominent role in the national church. In 2003, he and a group of other conservative bishops walked out of General Convention after the House of Bishops approved Gene Robinson's election as Bishop of New Hampshire. In January of 2004 Bishop Duncan was elected to be the first moderator of the Anglican Communion Network, a group of conservative Episcopal dioceses which (according to the now-infamous Chapman Letter) hope to supplant the Episcopal church as the Anglican presence in the United States. Bishop Robinson The Rt. ... The Anglican Communion Network (officially the Network of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes) is a theologically conservative network of dioceses and parishes that are currently a part of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America (ECUSA). ... The term Anglican describes those people and churches following the religious traditions of the Church of England, especially following the Reformation. ...

The liberal response to Bishop Duncan has been well-organized and at least moderately successful. In 2003, Calvary Episcopal Church in Shadyside sued the diocese (and Bishops Duncan and Scriven specifically) over actions taken by a special convention the diocese held after the 2003 General Convention of the Episcopal Church. At the special convention the diocese had passed a resolution which asserted that all property of individual parishes belonged to the parishes themselves rather than the diocese. In the suit, Calvary claimed that the diocese could not take such an action, as it violated the Dennis Canon. Eventually the suit was settled out of court in what most consider a resounding legal victory in favor of Calvary Church. The Diocese of Pittsburgh is also home to Progressive Episcopalians of Pittsburgh, one of the founding members of the Via Media USA coalition.

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Progressive Episcopalians of Pittsburgh Press Release 11/5/04 (625 words)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania -- November 5, 2004 -- The Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, at its annual convention in suburban Pittsburgh, today passed an amendment that reputedly repeals the "unconditional accession" to the constitution and canons of the Episcopal Church that is required by Article XIII of the national church constitution.
These resolutions disassociated the diocese from the actions of the General Convention of the Episcopal Church, most notably the approval of the election of homosexual cleric V. Gene Robinson to be Bishop of New Hampshire and the decision to allow local experimentation with liturgies for the blessing of same-sex unions.
Progressive Episcopalians of Pittsburgh is an organization of clergy and laypeople committed to unity and diversity of the Episcopal Church, USA, and of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh.
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