Anglicans, Oriental Orthodox agree on Christology statement
Theologians representing the Anglican Communion and the Oriental Orthodox Churches have reached agreement on a common statement of Christology, that is, on the nature of Jesus Christ. The 7-page statement
is the culmination of work begun more than two decades ago, but the divide between the the Oriental Orthodox Churches and the Western and Eastern Orthodox Churches traces its beginnings to the Council of Chalcedon
in 451 CE. The statement will now be considered by “the responsible authorities” in the various churches for their considerations. Anglican Communion News Service reported this story
on October 27, 2014.
Episcopal Church, African bishops declare friendship, co-operation
All too many stories in recent years have involved the hostility of African primates toward The Episcopal Church. In light of that, many will find it refreshing that an October 8–10, 2014, New York City meeting of bishops from The Episcopal Church and several African churches resulted in a communiqué
expressing friendship and co-operation. The meeting was attended by the primates of Burundi, Central Africa, Southern Africa, West Africa, and Tanzania, in addition to Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and four other Episcopal Church bishops.
GTS conflict remains unresolved
The five-week-old conflict at the General Theological Seminary in New York City remains unresolved. (See Pittsburgh Update story here
.) The biggest sticking point in the negotiations between the dismissed faculty (the GTS 8) and the seminary’s Board of Trustees continues to be the professors’ demand for an ombudsman, an issue about which they issued a clarification
on October 28, 2014. The Living Church
also reported on this aspect of the conflict on October 28 in a story
that added new information about faculty complaints against dean and president Kurt Dunkle.
Fort Worth diocese rebuffed by Supreme Court
On November 3, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review the Texas Supreme Court decision to send the Diocese of Fort Worth property litigation back to trial court to be re-litigated on the basis of neutral principles of law. The Lead’s story
contains a number of helpful links concerning this development. The most recent Pittsburgh Update stories about the long-running litigation can be found here
Diocesan convention meets this weekend
The 149th annual convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh will be held Friday and Saturday, November 7 & 8, 2014, at Trinity Cathedral downtown. Information and relevant documents can be found on the diocesan Web site
. If you are attending the convention, be sure to visit the Progressive Episcopalians of Pittsburgh table.