A detailed description of who we now are as a diocese, what we are doing, and where we might be headed, can be found in the pages of a document prepared for the upcoming Diocesan Convention.
With Convention meeting at Trinity Cathedral on October 16 & 17, the Pre-convention Journal is now available on the diocesan website at http://www.episcopalpgh.org/resources/2009-diocesan-convention/.
Clergy and lay deputies should have received a printed copy by mail.
Here are some of the highlights found within its pages:
♦ The proposed $847,000 budget would lower what most parishes pay in diocesan assessments. On the expense side, the diocese would allocate more funds to support congregations and special outreach initiatives, especially for youth.
♦ More than a dozen resolutions have been offered. They range from courtesy recognitions to addressing the diocese’s relationships within the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion. One resolution not yet included – but soon to be added – asks the Convention to approve the Standing Committee’s recommendation to transfer ecclesiastical authority to a provisional bishop, namely Bishop Kenneth Price.
♦ The document contains the names and biographical sketches of those nominated to fill elected leadership positions and the annual reports and activities of twenty diocesan governing groups, offices, and organizations.
♦ A section on parish statistics shows that total membership in the diocese now stands at 8,833. The section breaks out membership and attendance for each of the diocese’s 28 parishes.
Plus, there are the practical and logistical details involving the Convention itself.
An important, final note for those who will be attending: registration forms must be completed and returned by October 1.
Pre-convention Information Meeting
A pre-convention discussion of the business to be conducted will take place Sunday, October 4, at 7:30 p.m. at Calvary Episcopal Church.
(A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the total membership in the diocese.)