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Monday, October 22, 2012

Unity a theme at new Episcopal bishop's consecration

Amid the gothic grandeur of the consecration of a new bishop for the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, a man in an overcoat and fedora suddenly held forth from the center aisle about a vision he said God had given him for a new bridge in Pittsburgh.

The speaker was the about-to-be-consecrated Bishop Dorsey Winter Marsden McConnell. The Yale-educated former actor, 58, teamed with diocesan youth to stage a parable about an engineer who couldn't persuade anyone to build his "Bridge of the Angels" but used its model to save many families from a fire that broke out amid the great Pittsburgh flood of 1936.

It brought the congregation of 1,000 to laughter and applause, and made a clear statement that Bishop McConnell is someone from whom to expect the unexpected. Bridges and unity were a running theme of the consecration, the first in Pittsburgh since a diocesan split in 2008 led by its last tenured bishop.

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Check out the bulletin at the link below.  Note the paucity of the "conservative" TEC bishops listed who attended.  Bp. Ed Little and that's it!

Download the Bulletin as a PDF here.

1 comment:

  1. So McConnell wants to bridge what? The gap between TEC and Christianity?