October 22, 2010
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh of the Episcopal Church invites you to join all the people of our diocese in helping to call our next bishop.
We need thought, prayer and action. And, it’s time for all of us – yes, all are invited – to join the effort.
This past Saturday, the Diocesan Convention set the election to take place on April 21, 2012. There is much work to be done before then. We have just posted a number of resources on a new “Bishop Search” page on the diocesan web site, http://www.episcopalpgh.org/bishop-search/. These include a Timetable, which outlines what lies ahead over the next 18 months.
Here’s what we are asking you to do, starting now:
Reflect. Think about our diocese, what it has been through, and where God may be directing us. Read the Theological Statement we have posted on the web site and use it as a starting point for the thoughtful deliberations ahead.
Pray. We have posted several prayers on the “Bishop Search” page. We are asking you to pray for the process and the people that will be involved in the search and the upcoming election. We hope you would use these in your daily prayer. We are asking parishes to incorporate them into all worship services. The prayers posted on our web site include Prayers of the People for both Holy Eucharist Rite I and Rite II.
Recommend. The Standing Committee must soon appoint two committees to conduct the search and handle the practical matters involved. The Nomination Committee and the Transition Committee are of equal importance in introducing the diocese to potential candidates and, in turn, introducing them to us. Each will consist of 7 to 17 members, which we hope will represent the wide diversity and rich blessings found among the people of our diocese.
We ask you to recommend to us the names of any individuals who could capably serve on these committees. You may step forward and recommend yourself. We are asking each of the four new diocesan districts to make recommendations. The unique roles of the Nomination Committee and Transition Committee, the qualifications for committee membership, and a recommendation form for each is on the web site. We need to receive all recommendations by November 20, 2010, so that we can announce the appointments in December.
Later on, there will be more opportunities for your input and involvement. We thank you for joining us in this solemn and holy task of calling the Eighth Bishop of Pittsburgh.
The Rev. Nancy Chalfant-Walker, President
The Rev. Jeffrey Murph
The Rev. Dr. Bruce Robison
The Very Rev. George L.W. Werner
The Rev. Leslie Reimer, member-elect
Annis Rogers, member-elect