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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