Twenty eight clergy gathered at St. Andrew’s Church in Highland Park on Tuesday, February 3, 2009, for a meeting to reorganize the Pittsburgh Episcopal Clergy Association.

Part of the meeting was social and conversational–a time to catch up with one another and an opportunity to meet and talk with our Assisting Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Robert H. Johnson.

On the "business" side of the ledger, we reviewed and adopted a new set of Association bylaws and a 2009 Dues Schedule, elected a new Association Board, and discussed priorities for the work of the Association in 2009.

Elected to the Association Board were Cynthia Bronson Sweigert, Jay Geisler, Kris Opat, Scott Quinn, Sandra Ritchie, and Bruce Robison.

The Association Board will meet in the next couple of weeks to elect officers, to plan a Lent and Spring Clergy Days, and to begin to work on long range plans for a Clergy Conference in the Fall.  The Board will also participate in the development of diocesan compensation and deployment policies, including planning for continuation of medical, dental, and optical insurance benefits for stipendiary clergy and full-time lay employees in the diocese.

The Pittsburgh Episcopal Clergy Association includes and represents all bishops, priests, and deacons canonically resident in the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh (TEC), all clergy canonically resident in some other diocese of the Episcopal Church who are physically resident in Pittsburgh, and all clergy of Churches in Communion with the Episcopal Church who are licensed to serve in the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh (TEC).  Postulants and Candidates for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Church and all seminarians studying in the Pittsburgh region are considered "Associate Members" and may attend any Clergy Association event.

-The Rev. Dr. Bruce Robison

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