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Saturday, April 21, 2012

TEC-Pittsburgh Episcopal Election Is Deadlocked After Just Three Ballots

I don't know if you have been following the election in the TEC-Pittsburgh diocese, well, as might be expected, I have! And it is following true to form. It is deadlocked between the conservative and liberals. The more conservative order, the clergy, are supporting the moderate-conservative Dorsey McConnell and the more liberal order, the laity, are supporting the moderate-liberal R. Stanley Runnells. Each has won in their respective order. The most conservative Scott Quinn and the most liberal Ruth Woodliff-Stanley are still in but neither have enough support remaining to swing the election for McConnell or Runnells respectively. The only way this will be decided is if some of the Runnells lay supporters move to McConnell or some of the McConnell clergy supporters move to Runnells. If the two previous TEC-Pittsburgh Standing Committee elections are any indicator --it will be R. Stanley Runnells who is elected. Results of Ballots #1 #2 #3 here


  1. David, I think they may actually be able to elect McConnell.... he's got more momentum than Runnels. Stalemate is likely though... I'm hoping the fifth ballot is the end of it. I'm also hoping McConnell is elected.

  2. McConnell would be the more conservative bishop for sure, however, that doesn't mean a whole hell of a lot when it comes to property issues. Scott, Simons and the lot of them in TEC-Pgh all caved to the 815 agenda and will screw us out of every half acre of ours they can.

  3. I'm not so worried about property issues... I'm pretty sure we're in deep sneakers whoever is elected. I'm more concerned that our friends on the other side get a decent bishop. McConnell is now one vote short in the laity... probable, but ugh, another blasted round of balloting. Getting bored. Gonna go make some hot tea.