Diocese of Pittsburgh
Special Convention Resolutions
responding to General Convention 2003

to convene September 27, at St. Martin's, Monroeville

[COMMENT: These resolutions acknowledge that the split is irresolvable, and does so in a compassionate and loving way, allowing dissenters the freedom to retain their parish property, and to pursue their goals as they see fit.  Pray that all the dioceses in the Episcopal Church will do likewise.   E. Fox]    

Proposed Resolutions

Special Diocesan Convention in the Aftermath of the 74th General Convention

UNCONSTITUTIONAL ACTIONS OF THE 74TH GENERAL CONVENTION

1. The Church in the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh holds that the 74th General Convention of the Episcopal Church has exceeded its authority and departed from its constitution, in confirming the election as bishop of a non-celibate homosexual man and in permitting same-sex blessings, separating itself from the Anglican Communion and from the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, directly rejecting its solemn responsibility to uphold and propagate the historic Faith and Order, as set forth in the Book of Common Prayer. These acts are thus held to be null and void, and of no effect, in the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh.

APPEAL FOR INTERVENTION AND RECOGNITION BY ANGLICAN COMMUNION PRIMATES

2. The Church in the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh joins the call of the orthodox bishops at the 74th General Convention to the Primates of the Anglican Communion for intervention in the pastoral emergency created by the apostasy of the 74th General Convention. Further, the Church in the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, together with those other dioceses, bishops, clergy and congregations who continue to uphold and propagate the historic Faith and Order, seeks recognition by the international Primates Meeting as the legitimate expression of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America, and seeks acknowledgment as the bona fide expression of the Anglican Communion in the United States of America.

EPISCOPAL CARE FOR BELEAGURED CLERGY AND CONGREGATIONS

3. The Church in the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh further asks the Primates of the Anglican Communion to address the matter of episcopal oversight and care, across existing diocesan boundaries, to those clergy and congregations, committed to the historic Faith and Order, in dioceses where the offending actions of the 74th General Convention have been approved or implemented.

MISSIONARY VOCATION AND MISSION FUNDING

4. The Church in the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh re-commits itself to its missionary identity and purpose: locally, regionally, nationally, and globally. The Church in the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh further re-commits itself to aggressive resourcing (human and financial) of missionary endeavors both within and beyond the geographical boundaries of the diocese. As a consequence of the General Convention apostasy and in response to the present pastoral emergency thereby created, this Special Convention also directs that no assessment funds received from parishes for work beyond the diocese any longer be sent to the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (the Episcopal Church in the United States of America), and henceforth be diverted, as Bishop and Council shall see fit, to those Anglican or Episcopal missionary agencies, dioceses, and structures that serve to uphold and propagate the historic Faith and Order, especially to those orthodox missionary works adversely affected by reduced national church resources.

DISSENTING CONGREGATIONS IN PITTSBURGH

5. The Church in the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh expresses its commitment to those congregations seeking some interim disassociation from the actions of this Special Convention (until the Primates have rendered judgment as to how these matters of Faith and Order are to be resolved) such that said congregations be permitted to redirect all, or some, of their diocesan assessment, negotiating this matter with Bishop and Council, as well as whether some alternative episcopal oversight shall be arranged.

TITLE TO PROPERTY

6. Property held by the Board of Trustees of the Church in the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh for the use of a Parish, Mission Fellowship or Diocesan Organization belongs beneficially to such Parish, Mission Fellowship or Diocesan Organization only. No adverse claim to such beneficial interest by any other body, by the Diocese, or by The Episcopal Church in the United States of America is acknowledged, but rather is expressly denied. All other property of the Church in the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh is held by the Board of Trustees for the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh for those exempt religious purposes within the meaning of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States of America. Such exempt religious purposes shall be those determined by the Convention of the Church in the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh and the appropriate officers elected by it. No adverse claim to such beneficial interest by The Episcopal Church in the United States of America or any other body is acknowledged, but rather is expressly denied.

8/24/03

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