Today (July 16) the House of Deputies recognized the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh for its continuing witness to the Episcopal Church locally, despite “recent difficult times.”

The vote to do so was unanimous. It was followed by a standing ovation.

The Deputies commended the diocese, Bishop Johnson and the clergy, and especially the lay leadership, for “unflagging efforts” to maintain the diocese after the departure of former leaders and many members.

Similar recognition was extended to the Dioceses of Fort Worth, Quincy, and San Joaquin, where leaders have also recently left the Episcopal Church.

Read the text of the resolution commending the four dioceses here.

The House of Bishops is expected to approve the resolution tomorrow, the final day of business for the 76th General Convention.

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