Diocese of Pittsburgh studies joining with Northwestern PA

If Resolution 4 passes this November at the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s annual Convention, the Diocese will reopen a study process that considers the advantages of combining the existing diocese with the Diocese of Northwestern PA.

The text of the resolution reads:

Resolved: that this 144th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh of the Episcopal Church direct the Standing Committee (or Ecclesiastical Authority) of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh to form a broadly based task force, including at least three clergy and three lay persons, to study the possibility of the reunion of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh and the Episcopal Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania under the provisions of Title I, canon 10, section 6 of the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church, 2006 [see below], and to prepare a report on the results of that study and any recommendations to the 145th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, in the fall of 2010. The Task Force shall consider specifically the potential long-term impact of such reunion on the financial and administrative resources of the two dioceses, and shall invite the Bishop and Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania to participate in the study.

Speaking as a former Diocesan Council President of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, this is prennial topic of conversation, with this issue arrising regularly even back into the ninties. If the resolution should pass, the study group would report back to Pittsburgh’s Convention. To my knowledge, there’s been no similar resolution on the part of the Diocese of Northwestern PA.

From here.

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  1. celinda

    Thanks, Fr. Knisely. Larry Knapp has posted a comment on TEC_Pgh to the effect that he was aware of the 1991 proposal. According to his recollection, the Diocese of Pittsburgh brought it up (informally, I guess) to the Diocese of NW PA, whose Standing Committee wrote to ours proposing a study. However, our Standing Committee refused to take up the matter. Do you remember it that way, too? (The present resolution asks that the Dioc. of Pgh Standing Committee name a Task Force to make the study and then report to Convention and, as you quote, that the Task Force “invite the Bishop and Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of NW PA to participate in the study.” Pittsburgh’s 2006 Constitution and Canons are quoted on how such a reunion could be done if the parties want it).

    Celinda Scott

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