Here’s the (shortened version of the) backstory: A few years ago, the former bishop of Pittsburgh left and created his own church in the Anglican Communion over “differences.” I put differences in quotation marks because, quite simply, he didn’t think certain types of people, namely those in the LGBT community and women, should be bishops, and that’s not a difference, that’s running contrary to Jesus’ call to accept and love everyone. Jesus never once put limits on his love or who could be his disciples.
His leaving was drawn out and drama-filled, although I guess it actually was easier and shorter than it could have been, so that’s a positive. We’ve had interim bishops and the diocese finally elected a new bishop after an extended search process. Our diocese split, but I think became stronger and more focused on outreach and love because of all the drama.
Every three years, the Episcopal Church has their general convention (which includes a whole lot of legislating and more representatives than the Indian Parliament…true story). Since this was going on (instead of a separate meeting of House of Bishops (as I understand it), our bishop-elect was set to be confirmed and then, if approved, join the House (spoiler alert: he was).
I’ll put the rest after the jump, since I’ll be quoting a large amount of text, and probably most of the readers have tuned out by this point. Like, I could probably put something here about giving away huge sums of money and no one would notice, because who really is going to read my rantings about local religious politics. I’m not giving away any money by the way, sorry, but the offer still stands for free drinks if you want to write for Metblogs, though!