It was mid-April when Bishop Price, looking over a jammed-packed calendar, remarked "We are becoming a very busy diocese."

By mid-May, many in leadership posts were feeling somewhat overwhelmed – despite the positive implications – with the back-to-back-to-back series of "must-do" diocesan events that kept their weekdays and weekends occupied well into June.

So as July rolled around, Bishop Price said it was time for some coordinated scheduling.

"Please be prepared to place on the Master Calendar all dates of any meetings or special events you will be holding between now and the end of 2011," the bishop wrote last week in a letter inviting representatives of 31 groups to attend the next Leadership Day on Saturday, August 7, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at St. Thomas, Oakmont.

Invited to the planning session are the chairs or executives of every committee and organization that operates or is represented in the diocese. 

They include (alphabetically) the Cathedral Chapter, Clergy Association, Clergy Spouses, Commission on Ministry, Commission on Racism, Communications, Community of Celebration, Constitution & Canons, CREDO, Cursillo, Daughters of the King, Deacons, Diocesan Convention, Diocesan Council Districts, Diocesan Life, Diocesan Youth Initiative, ECW, ER&D, Executive Council, PEP, Province III, Religious Education, Retired Clergy, Sheldon Calvary Camp, Shepherd's Wellness Community, Social Justice, and Spiritual Life.

The full membership of the Standing Committee, Board of Trustees, Diocesan Council and diocesan staff are also invited.

All events and updates will be added to the calendar page on the diocesan website.

Those who received invitations to participate on August 7 are asked to RSVP to Judi Rogers at jrogers@episcopalpgh.org.