Pittsburgh Update

Pittsburgh Update publishes weekly summaries of recent developments in the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, The Episcopal Church, and the Anglican Communion that affect or could affect Pittsburgh Episcopalians. Emphasis is on reporting, not interpretation. This is a service of Progressive Episcopalians of Pittsburgh. This site is in no way affiliated with the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh or the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Week Ending 03/21/22

All stories are continuations of previous topics

Renewable Energy Becoming Major Religious Cause

 Update has carried several stories (see latest here) on Episcopal Dioceses and parishes turning to renewable energy (especially installation of solar panels) and on previous statements by major international religious leaders of several denominations speaking out together on climate change.  Now a large group of interdenominational leaders and clergy in the British Isles have come together to urge the British government to turn to renewable energy (wind and solar) sources. 

Returning to the Common Cup

The Episcopal News Service has an article on dioceses returning to the use of the common cup in communion after abstaining or using individual cups.  The dioceses include New York, Los Angeles, Mississippi, Oregon, and Southern Virginia.  Some are requiring intinction administered by the server, not-self-intinction.  You can read the whole story here. Update has carried numerous stories on the adaptions made by parishes to worship during the pandemic and the removing of some restrictions.  The most recent is here.

Latest Documents Released for Indigenous Anglican Body in Canada 

Update has carried previous stories on the decision of the Anglican Church of Canada to create a separate space for indigenous peoples to work out a polity and worship within Anglicanism that provides autonomy and respect for indigenous traditions of decision making and spirituality.  Most recently, Update had a link to the draft document for the "constitution" of the indigenous group.  A final document has now been published.  The method of operating will be unique blending native traditions of respect for elders and consensus with interactions with the Anglican Church polity.  It is all described as a part of a sacred circle.  The Anglican Journal has an introductory article on the document. The full document is here.

New Complications in ACNA Misconduct Investigation

The difficulty of investigating and coming to a resolution satisfactory to all those affected by the recent  ACNA parish charges of sexual misconduct and harassment has gotten more complex.  The mishandling of the charges resulted in bishops in at lest two ACNA diocese stepping down.  Now those who filed the charges and were the subjects of the sexual abuse or harassment have split into two groups and are disagreeing over next steps.  One group is less critical of ACNA as a denomination and its handling than the other.   Update had carried earlier posts on the issue, especially since one of the bishops who stepped was the Pittsburgh ACNA bishop.