From Episcopal News Service

During its meeting on September 23, the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh said that the diocese’s previously scheduled October 4 convention would go forward.

Referring in a news release to what it called “the purported deposition” of Bishop Robert Duncan September 18 by the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops, the members of the Standing Committee said the convention would be held in “an orderly and grace-filled manner.” The Standing Committee is now the diocese’s Ecclesiastical Authority.

Delegates to the convention will be asked to approve three resolutions (see resolutions one, two and three here) re-aligning the diocese with the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone of southern South America.

The parish of at least one member of the Standing Committee has announced that it will not support those resolutions. A majority of the vestry at St. Michael’s of the Valley in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, said September 23 that if the Southern Cone resolutions pass “we will continue to consider ourselves to be a part of the Episcopal Church of America in accordance with our by-laws.” The Rev. Jim Simons, St. Michael’s rector, serves on the Standing Committee.

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