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Monday, November 15, 2010

Note to the parish in regard to Jamie and Sharon Forrest's Retirement Gala

What a wonderful celebration we had last night in thanksgiving for Jamie and Sharon Forrest's four decades of ministry, especially their 30 years in the Diocese of Pittsburgh and their 18+ years with us at St. David's. In the early years of his episcopacy, Bishop Duncan used to encourage us to "be ourselves at out best". This was so true for St David's on Sunday. The whole parish came together as family and honored the true senior pastor and his senior associate. It was an honor and privilege to be part of it all. There were over two hundred present for the reception and program including sixteen clergy from all over the diocese. I know Archbishop Bob and Nara were blessed to be with us and see how the Lord has been moving in our parish these latter days.

I want to thank all of you who contributed in any way for your generosity in honoring Jamie and for all your hard work, special thanks goes out to the those who cleaned up the the building and set up the parish hall, the reception committee, the photographers, the speakers and musicians, and our praise and worship team. And having Christopher and Janet Leighton return to honor Jamie and Sharon and to be part of our fellowship once again was a special treat. It was a wonderful to have him preside at the Lord's Table at both services on Sunday morning. One of our 10:30 parishioners commented to me, "Whenever Christopher comes to our church the Holy Spirit inevitably comes in power". Thank you Jesus

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Coexist Reality

h/t to Steve Wood - Treading Grain blog

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Resolution on the Election of the Rt. Rev. Hector “Tito” Zavala, Bishop of Chile, as Presiding Bishop and Primate

Following is the Resolution I proposed which was unanamously adopted at the 143rd Diocesan Convention of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh held today at St Stephen's Church, Sewickley

Resolution on the Election of the Rt. Rev. Hector “Tito” Zavala, Bishop of Chile, as Presiding Bishop and Primate
of the Province of the Southern Cone

WHEREAS Bishop Hector “Tito” Zavala was elected as the first indigenous Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Southern Cone, and

WHEREAS, Bishop Zavala (and his family) ministered among us as friend and priest for three years during his time of study at Trinity School for Ministry in our diocese, and

WHEREAS, the Diocese of Chile and the Diocese of Pittsburgh were linked for many years as companion dioceses, and

WHEREAS, the Province of the Southern Cone extended to the bishop, clergy and people of the Diocese of Pittsburgh spiritual cover and continuous support during our time of transition in the forming of the Anglican Church in North America, be it

RESOLVED that we rejoice with the Diocese of Chile and the Province of the Southern Cone and extend our prayers and blessings to their new Presiding Bishop and Primate and his family.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Bp. Tito Zavala elected Primate, The Southern Cone

Bp. Tito Zavala elected Primate, The Southern Cone
November 5th, 2010

From Anglicans United

[Ed. Note: Canon Kenneth Kearon of the Communion office in London recently removed Bp. Zavala from the international committee on faith and order because he did not receive a response to the Archbishop of Canterbury's Pentecost letter. In that letter, the Province of the Southern Cone was ask if they changed their Constitution and Canons to allow them to take parishes/diocese in other provinces "under their protection." This House of Bishop's meeting is expected to respond to that letter. We will watch for the results. Re: Bishop Zavala, the province has been moving for 20 years towards the ordination of South Americans. Bishop Zavala is one of the first ordained and will be a terrific Archbishop for this province. South America has made great strides in turning the church over from Brits in leadership to indigenous men and women. It has been an exciting process to watch. Cheryl M. Wetzel]


From Bishop Frank Lyons

November 4, 2010

The tenth Synod of the Province of the Southern Cone of America, meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 1-5 November, 2010, has elected Bishop Hector “Tito” Zavala of Chile as its next Primate replacing Bishop Gregory Venables.

Bishop Zavala becomes the province’s first Primate of Chilean extraction. The role of Primate is a three year renewable term in the Cone. Bishop Venables is not retiring, but will maintain his present position as Bishop of Argentina and Northern Argentina.

In another closely followed vote, the possibility of allowing women’s ordination to the priesthood in those dioceses that so affirmed to move ahead (local option) was turned down by the house of clergy; the other two houses voted in favor. [This simply means that local option on this issue has been maintained. The national canons will not be changed. C Wetzel]

The Province of the Southern Cone comprises the seven dioceses of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Northern Argentina, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.

—-Bishop Frank Lyons is the Bishop of Bolivia

All Saints' South Fayette

Following is a letter published today in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. I sent this letter three weeks ago but it was published only today having been held up by letters concerning all the hoopla surrounding the mid-term elections. Ironically the real 145th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Pittsburgh convenes today.

About congregation

I read with interest and affection Ann Rodgers' article "Episcopalians Calm in Rough Sea" (Oct. 15) on the gathering of the Episcopalians in convention on October 15-16. I was heartened to read Bishop Ken Price's encouraging words concerning his relationship with Archbishop Robert Duncan and the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh. I would contend that the facts about the composition of the new gathering in South Fayette, All Saints, are a bit inaccurate.

The article states the congregation "was formed in 2009, largely from people who wanted to remain Episcopalians after their former parishes left the denomination." I would contend the congregation was formed largely from members of St. Paul's Church in Mt. Lebanon for various and sundry reasons, none of which had to do with leaving the denomination.

The majority of the congregation continues to be composed of former members of St. Paul's. Note also, the pastor of All Saints, the Rev. Richard Pollard, is a former staff member of St. Paul's. Nonetheless, best wishes for success are extended to the clergy and people of All Saints.

St. David's Anglican Church