Posts Tagged ‘Episcopal Church’

Lent and emoticons

The Episcopal bishop of Pittsburgh has posted a Lenten message, where he discusses the smiley face.

Check it out here, and happy Fat Tuesday!

The Episcopal Diocese: Here We Go Again

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!

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Bishop Katharine to visit Pittsburgh

The Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church will be at Calvary church tomorrow at the 11 a.m. service.  All are welcome to come out and see her as she celebrates and preaches.  Bishop Katharine is the first woman elected as presiding bishop (kind of like a cardinal, except there is only one for the country).  She will also lead a discussion at 1:15 p.m. tomorrow in the church nave.

More information: www.calvarypgh.org

Schisms and Second Life: The Episcopal Church(s) in Pittsburgh

Recently, Pittsburgh has been the center of drama for the Episcopal Church.  The bishop was deposed and the then presiding ‘standing committee’ led the diocese in a vote to separate from The Episcopal Church, USA and align themselves with the Anglican province of The Southern Cone.  [Note: I only use quotations around standing committee to help with grammar, without them I thought the sentence was unruly.  Anyway, back to the post.]

 

Having been the lone Episcopal student at a Catholic college, religious discussions were never hard to find.  In addition, those four years helped me to develop my own view of faith and religion, and it doesn’t necessarily fit easily into any pre-determined cubby hole.  But that’s ok.

 

A concept everyone invovled should be adopting

Really, it is a sad situation, but so often the debates and conflicts that play out in the Episcopal Church are precursors to what other churches will face and discuss.  So while there is a benefit to the church’s transparency, it is certainly something that will be faced not only by the Episcopal Church, but other communities soon as well.

 

But like I said above (two paragraphs if you want to take another look), what does this mean?  Well, to me, it’s been drama that I really haven’t wanted to deal with.  Yes, it is interesting, and yes, it is very important, but after a point, you just want to go to church, you know?  No drama.  No finger pointing.  No whirlwinds of rhetoric or semantics.  Just church.

 

So in that spirit, here are some links that I’ve come across, some fun, some informative, but maybe they’ll help us all out a little bit:

 

  • What would heavy religious discussions be without baseball?  I’m not really sure either, but both are examined in this blog, check it out.
  • Aside from the Sacraments, can an online church provide everything one made of brick and mortar does?  Check out this article to read more.
  • And even though the Anglican presence in Second Life (as discussed in the article above) is much bigger, Church of Fools has been around longer, coming out of its predecessor, the online reality show, The Ark.  Also check out its parent site, Ship of Fools.
  • And of course, bringing it back across the pond to the ‘Burgh, I headed over to Epiphany Catholic Church next to the Mellon Arena for lunch on Friday.  They have a fish fry every week of the year (barring holidays).  The food was great, and the price was amazing.  If you’re nearby Friday, head on over!

 

As always, I try to remain at least somewhat neutral, so hopefully I did during this post.  But hey, blogs are discussions.  So I have to ask, what are your thoughts?  Has this schism affected you personally?  Let me know in the comments below!

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