Well. The deed is done. By a vote of close to 70% for changing diocese oversight, the Diocese of Pittsburgh has left the Episcopal Church. (Note that this was the 2nd vote confirming the first taken a year ago.) Their statement is here.
Imbi watched the entire Diocese Convention on AnglicanTV today – and I primarily listened to it whilst working on other things from about 11am on.
It will be interesting to see what the next gambit of the “Presiding Litigator” will be (as a commenter at StandFirm called the Presiding Bishop). It will also be interesting to find out how many of those who voted to leave were driven to the decision by the “PL’s” new way of reading the Church Canons in her rabid rapid deposition of +Bob Duncan.
The Anglican Curmudgeon responds to some, now normal, silliness from a member of TEC’s Executive Council. My post, How is TEC like Hotel California? from 11 months ago, seems rather appropriate. The Curmudgeon says this,
The Episcopal Church, like each of the Dioceses which make it up, is itself an unincorporated association. What does that mean? An unincorporated association is, first of all, not incorporated—that is to say, it is not a permanent legal entity, as is a corporation. Second, it is an association—which is to say that it is a voluntary assembly of people who choose freely to belong to it. While they are members, they must obey its rules. But if the association had a rule that “members who join us may never leave us,” that rule itself would not only be unenforceable in any court, but it would violate the very definition of an association, in an effort to turn it into a permanent, corporate-like entity.
Expect some good comments from the folk at the Anglican Communion Institute who are working within TEC and the Anglican Church of Canada in hopes of reform. I would expect Ruth Gledhill to respond tomorrow or Monday. Cheryl Wetzel has a preface to the convention up at Anglicans United, was at the convention and will have a response to it shortly. And I’m sure David Virtue will have something pithy (and perhaps a little biting) up soon, as well.
We live in interesting times.
UPDATE: This “reaction” from the Presiding Litigator is almost funny. I especially loved,
“I have repeatedly reassured Episcopalians that there is abundant room for dissent within this Church, and that loyal opposition is a long and honored tradition within Anglicanism. Schism is not, having frequently been seen as a more egregious error than charges of heresy.
You can’t make this stuff up.
I should note that Imbi and I were both ordained in Pittsburgh – in a non-denominational church – and have spent hundreds of days in that fair city since 1992. I worked as a consultant two weeks of the month in the ‘burgh from ’02 to ’04. A dear friend of ours is also a rector of a now Southern Cone church in that diocese.
The picture used in this post was taken by Imbi Medri-Kinnon in the late summer of 2002.
And finally, here are the vote totals on the Constitutional Provision that allowed the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh to leave TEC and join the Southern Cone for temporary oversight.
A total of 191 laity voted. 119 voted in favor. 69 voted against, 3 abstained. A total of 160 clergy voted. 121 voted in favor. 33 voted no. 3 abstained. 2 invalid ballots were cast. [via]