Saturday, September 6, 2008

Public Letter, January, 2008

In the context of the very sad challenges facing our diocese and wider church, I am privileged to join with a group of colleagues and friends in making the following statement of concern and direction. Each one of us, I suppose, will have our own nuance of motivation and interpretation. What we do share in common is a love of Jesus Christ and his Church, a desire to be constructive, a sense of respect and affection for our bishops, colleagues, and all the people of our diocesan family, and a deep prayer for continued discernment of God's best desire for our lives and the ministries of our congregations.


We are rectors and clergy in good standing of the
Diocese of Pittsburgh who believe the
best way forward for renewal and reformation of the
Episcopal Church is support for the
Windsor Report and its recommendations. While we
understand the need of many of our
brothers and sisters to leave the Episcopal Church, we
have determined to remain within,
and not re-align out of, the Episcopal Church. We
intend to “keep alert and always
persevere in supplication for all the saints”
(Ephesians 6:6).

Dated this 29th day of January, 2008:

The Rev. Nancy Chalfant-Walker
Priest-in-Charge, St Stephen’s Wilkinsburg

The Rev. Dr. Jay Geisler
Rector, St. Stephen’s, McKeesport

The Rev Dr. Daniel Hall
Episcopal Priest Associate, First Lutheran

The Rev. Norman Koehler
Priest, Chaplain

The Rev. Jeffrey Murph
Rector, St Thomas, Oakmont

The Rev. Scott Quinn
Rector, The Church of the Nativity, Crafton

The Rev. Dr. Bruce Robison
Rector, St. Andrew’s, Highland Park

The Rev. Canon James Shoucair
Rector, Christ Church, North Hills

The Rev. Dr. James Simons
St Michael’s, Ligonier

The Rev. Dr. Stephen Smalley
St. Barnabas’, Brackenridge

The Rev. Philip Wainwright
Rector, St. Peter’s, Brentwood

The Rev. Dr. Don Youse
Priest-in-charge, Emmanuel, North Side >>

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