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156th Pre-Convention Journal (2021) This is the document for all deputies participating in the 156th Convention, held virtually on the Zoom Cloud Meeting platform and at St. Stephen's Anglican Church in Sewickley. Included in the journal is: convention information, current leadership rosters, voter's guide, and reports from Diocesan staff and leadership bodies. UPDATED DOCUMENT: October 9th, 2021 2021 Pre-Convention Journal - 156th Convention - v2.pdf 2021-10-09
Newsletter & Website Submission Guidelines Congregations and partner organizations who wish to submit announcements and content to our Weekly Newsletter and/or Website are asked to follow the guidelines and basic process in this document. Newsletter & website submission guidelines(1).pdf 2021-08-18
Diocesan Directory As a policy, the Diocesan Directory is not available for direct download from the website. Electronic or printed copies are available to canonically resident clergy and congregational offices upon request. The electronic version is password-protected and the password will also be provided. To request a Directory, please email communications@pitanglican.org. Please click on resource title for external link. 2021-08-17
Constitution and Canons The Constitution and Canons provide the governing structure, rules and regulations of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh. This is the latest version adopted by Convention in November 2019. *Website listing updated 8/17/21 to update categorization. Constitution & Canons_November 2019.pdf 2021-08-17
154th Post-Convention Journal (2019) The convention journal includes a record of the proceedings and results of the annual 154th Convention of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh held November 2, 2019. The journal includes: lists of members of the diocesan staff and governing bodies, unapproved convention minutes, 2019 budget, 2019 ordinations and letters dimmissory, recent audit report. For printed copies, please contact the Diocesan Office. Website listing updated 3/3/2021 to standardize naming. 2019 post-convention journal.pdf 2021-08-17
152nd Pre-Convention Journal (2017) Website listing updated 8/17/21 to update categorization. 152nd-journal.pdf 2021-08-17
151st Pre-Convention Journal (2016) Website listing updated 8/17/21 to update categorization. 2016-pre-convention-journal.pdf 2021-08-17
Child Abuse & Sexual Misconduct Policies child-abuse-and-sexual-misconduct-policies-4_24_15.pdf 2021-08-17
Child Abuse Prevention Policies and Procedures Policies regarding the prevention of sexual misconduct and child abuse by clergy, employees and volunteers in the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh and the investigation and prosecution of allegations and incidents. *Resource title updated on 8/30/19 **Website categorization updated on 8/17/21 Policies and Procedures 2015.pdf 2021-08-17
Memo to Parishes - Child Abuse Law Updates This is a memo to congregations from Feb. 2015 from the Director of Finance and Administration, The Rev. Don Bushyager entitled Recent Changes to Pennsylvania's Child Abuse Laws. It details how the Jan. 1, 2015 changes to the law will affect congregations.  child-abuse-memorandum2-2-25-2015.pdf 2021-08-17
State Child Abuse FAQ's - Employees employee.pdf 2021-08-17
State Fact Sheet/FAQ for volunteers Information on state guidelines for volunteers of organizations that work with children.  fact-sheet-for-volunteers-final.pdf 2021-08-17
Model Bylaws Parishes are welcome to use this template as they work on their bylaws. model-bylaws-amended-06_19_17.pdf 2021-08-17
Articles of Incorporation Instructions & Forms Form to register as a non-profit in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  5306-7102- Art of Inc-Dom Nonprofit.pdf 2021-08-17
Godly Share and Growth Fund Annual Covenant Form Congregations are asked to complete this online form annually to submit their annual Godly Share and Growth Fund pledges in advance of Diocesan Convention. Exact deadlines year to year are set by the Director of Administration. Please click on resource title for external link. 2021-06-28
Congregation Staff & Leadership Updates Clergy and congregational leaders are welcome to fill out this form to update or submit directory information about the congregation, lay staff and vestry members. Only fill in the information that is new or updated. Clergy updates can be accomplished on a separate form. Please click on resource title for external link. 2021-04-06
Clergy Directory Updates Clergy and congregational leaders are welcome to fill out this form to update or submit directory information about the clergy members. Only fill in the information that is new or updated. Congregational updates can be accomplished on a separate form. Please click on resource title for external link. 2021-04-06
Rector Search Process Overview This document provides an overview of the process congregations are to take when searching for a new Rector. This process was approved by the Standing Committee in January 2021. Rector_Search_Process_final.pdf 2021-04-06
155th Pre-Convention Journal (2020) This is the document for all deputies participating in the 155th Convention, held virtually on the Zoom Cloud Meeting platform. Included in the journal are: Convention Information, Current leadership rosters and reports from Diocesan staff, leadership bodies and mission partner organizations. Revised as of 3/3/2021 to include the Voter's Guide at the end of the document. 2020 pre-convention journal_1_0.pdf 2021-03-03
153rd Post-Convention Journal (2018) The convention journal includes a record of the proceedings and results of the annual 153rd Convention of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh held November 2-3, 2018. The journal includes: lists of members of the diocesan staff and governing bodies, unapproved convention minutes, 2019 budget, 2018 ordinations and letters dimmissory, recent audit report. For printed copies, please contact the Diocesan Office. Website listing updated 3/3/2021 to standardize naming. 153rd convention journal.pdf 2021-03-03
154th Pre-Convention Journal (2019) This is the document for all deputies participating in the 154th Convention, part of Gathering 2019. Included in the journal are: Convention Information, Resolutions and Nominations that will be voted on, the 2020 Diocesan Budget & Godly Share and reports from Diocesan staff, leadership bodies and mission partner organizations. Website listing updated 3/3/2021 to standardize naming. 2019 pre-convention journal_2.pdf 2021-03-03
153rd Pre-Convention Journal (2018) This is the document for all deputies participating in the 153rd Convention, part of Gathering 2018. Included in the journal are: Convention Information, Resolutions and Nominations that will be voted on, the 2019 Diocesan Budget & Godly Share, Annual Audit results and reports from Diocesan staff, leadership bodies and mission partner organizations. Website listing updated 3/3/2021 to standardize naming. 153rd pre-convention journal.pdf 2021-03-03
152nd Post-Convention Journal (2017) The convention journal includes a record of the proceedings and results of the annual 152nd Convention of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh held November 3-4, 2017. The journal includes: lists of members of the diocesan staff and governing bodies, unapproved convention minutes, 2018 budget, 2017 ordinations and letters dimmissory, recent audit report. For printed copies, please contact the Diocesan Office. Website listing updated 3/3/2021 to standardize naming. 152nd convention journal.pdf 2021-03-03
2021 Budget This draft budget for CY 2021 has been approved by Diocesan Council and will be put before Convention in their resumed session on Saturday, Dec. 12. 2021 Draft Budget.pdf 2021-03-03
Diocesan Grants and Loans The Diocese has various grants and loans available to congregations upon request. Please visit the Grant Application page for complete information. Please click on resource title for external link. 2021-01-04
2021 Prayer Guide This new, redesigned Prayer Guide includes the annual Diocesan cycle of prayer and now runs on a calendar-year basis. The goals of the Prayer Guide are to multiply the strength of our prayers; to build unity and strengthen our family identity; and to provide a pattern and rhythm for prayer. Printed versions are available through the Diocesan Office. 2021 Prayer Guide - FINAL.pdf 2020-10-28
Rectors Explaining What it Means to be a Convention Deputy The Co-Rectors of Trinity Anglican Church in Washington, PA, The Rev. Jamey & The Rev. Cn. Tracey Russell explain the aspects and expectations of a lay deputy to Diocesan Convention, in conversation with Director of Communications, Kristen Parise. This 10-minute conversation was recorded and uploaded to our YouTube Channel. We insist all new deputies watch this video. Please click on resource title for external link. 2020-10-16
COVID-19 Guidelines for In-Person Indoor Gatherings While we recognize that many parishes have already addressed most of the issues raised in these guidelines, during the past few months the Diocesan office has received a number of inquiries, and we believed it might be helpful to organize our guidance in one document. Note that these guidelines are subject to change as we learn more about COVID-19, so please stay abreast of CDC and Department of Health guidelines. COVID-19 Guidelines.pdf 2020-09-29
2020-21 Clergy Compensation Guide The Clergy Compensation Guide, excerpted from the pre-convention journal, lays out guiding principles and numerical guidelines to help congregations budget clergy salaries appropriately. The guide includes information on: Cash compensation, Required Benefits, Additional Benefits, Advocacy during negotiations, Clergy supply guidelines, Clergy housing allowance and a mileage report template. If any vestry or congregation has questions about clergy compensation not covered in this document, you're welcome to contact the Diocesan office.  2020-21 clergy compensation guide.pdf 2020-09-01
Essentials of Church Streaming [Blog article w/ Recommendations] Many congregations are considering implementing their digital services as a permanent offering. This could be a helpful addition to your congregation's mission. It can be part of bringing new people in and/or providing a connection for home-bound members. However, there are lots of decisions to make and equipment to purchase. Read this article on our blog for details and equipment recommendations. Please click on resource title for external link. 2020-06-24
Essentials of Church Streaming [Infographic] Many congregations are considering implementing their digital services as a permanent offering. This could be a helpful addition to your congregation's mission. It can be part of bringing new people in and/or providing a connection for home-bound members. However, there are lots of decisions to make and equipment to purchase. Check out the infographic for different sanctuary setups. congregation streaming infographic.jpg 2020-06-24
Prayers in Response to Coronavirus On this blog post of curated parish resources for coronavirus response, we've included a list of prayers from BCP 2019 that are resonant to the moment. Please visit our blog for the list. Please click on resource title for external link. 2020-03-13
Liturgy Planning Resources for BCP 2019 Service of Holy Communion Two of our priests have crafted a set of resources to help craft a Service of Holy Communion in the 2019 BCP, in both the Standard and Renewed texts. The resources include an outline, spreadsheet detailing the required, interchangeable and optional components and sample liturgies in both Standard and Renewed texts. 1-Outline for Crafting a Service of Holy Communion in the 2019 Book of Common Prayer.docx , 2-Anglican Standard and Renewed Ancient Charted.xlsx , 3-Sample Liturgy using the Anglican Standard Text.docx , 4-Sample Liturgy using the Renewed Ancient Text.docx 2020-03-13
Parish Discernment Committee Handbook Handbook for Parish Discernment Committees detailing the process for recommending a member for ordination. 2020 Parish Discernment Committee Handbook.pdf 2020-02-28
Ordination Manual A useful guide to all who are involved in discerning and responding to a call to ordained ministry in the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh (Updated: February, 2020). 2020 Ordination Manual .pdf 2020-02-28
Mental Health Evaluation for the Ordination Process Authorization Form authorizing the doctor performing the mental health evaluation to release records and information to the Bishop's office. Psychological Evaluation for the Ordination Process Authorization to Release Information.docx 2020-02-28
Parish Discernment Committee Report Report template for the Parish Discernment committee, to be filled in and sent to the Bishop's office. Parish Discernment Committee Report.docx 2020-02-26
Application for Ordination to the Priesthood Application for Ordination to the Priesthood_0.docx 2020-02-26
Vestry Recommendation for Ordination to the Diaconate Form for vestries to complete to confirm a diaconal candidate is in good standing with the parish.  Vestry Recommendation Ordination to the Diaconate.docx 2020-02-26
Medical Examination Form for the Ordination Process To be completed by the applicant and a licensed health care provider. Medical Examination Form.docx 2020-02-26
Confirmation of Spiritual Direction This form, required for both postulancy and candidacy interviews, is to be completed by the Spiritual Director. It is to certify the duration and frequency of the person’s consultations only: it is not a character reference. Confirmation of Spiritual Direction Form.docx 2020-02-26
Waiver of Rights Form for postulancy candidates to fill out to agree to the assessment that's part of the ordination process. Waiver of Rights, Release of Claims and Indemnity, and Hold Harmless Agreement.docx 2020-02-26
Vestry Recommendation form for Postulancy Form for vestries to complete to confirm a postulancy candidate is in good standing with the parish, and that the candidate possesses qualifications as would be fitting for admission as a postulant for Holy Orders. Vestry Recommendation Form for Postulancy_1.docx 2020-02-26
Statement of Alignment When a candidate signs this form, he or she is affirming agreement with the "Fundamental Declarations of the Province" (BCP 2019, p. 766ff). Statement of Alignment with the Founding Documents.docx 2020-02-26
Application for Holy Orders Application for Holy Orders_0.docx 2020-02-26
Essay of Personal Life, Call and Ministry Submit an essay (10-12 pages) which covers three areas: 1. Your Life, Family and Faith Journey, 2. Your Personal and Spiritual Gifting and Call to Ordained Ministry, and 3. Your Understanding of the Church, the Bible and Ministry. Essay of Personal Life, Call, and Ministry.docx 2020-02-26
Rector's Careful Inquiry Form The formal process of discerning a call to ordination begins with the Rector’s careful inquiry – a series of 2 or 3 (or more) conversations between a rector (or a priest appointed by the rector) and the person exploring ordination. Rectors, please consult the Bishop if you have questions about the Careful Inquiry or if you need help in determining how to proceed with a person. Rector's Careful Inquiry Form.docx 2020-02-26
Materials for Marriage This booklet is designed to assist you and your priest to give you the understanding, tools, and God’s grace to succeed in this most common, most transforming vocation. Also included in this listing is the link to the Holy Matrimony liturgy on the Provincial/ACNA website.  Materials for Marriage 2018 FINAL.pdf 2019-12-02
Clergy Burial Planning Form The following will help your loved ones plan a service to celebrate your life and honor you. Please fill out this form as fully as you are able, to help them, at a time that is already a challenging time for them. Clergy Burial Planning Form.pdf 2019-12-02
Diocesan Youth Gathering Social Media Image 2 This is a simple social media image that's designed in a portrait format for Snapchat or Instagram stories. All youth & youth leaders are invited to download it & use it to spread the word about DYG online.  diocesan youth gathering promo image 2.png 2019-08-29
Diocesan Youth Gathering Social Media Image 1 This is a simple social media image that's designed in a portrait format for Snapchat or Instagram stories. All youth & youth leaders are invited to download it & use it to spread the word about DYG online.  diocesan youth gathering promo image 1.png 2019-08-29
Half Page Bulletin Insert - PDF Printable 1/2 page bulletin insert for Gathering 2019 in PDF format. gathering 2019 bulletin insert-2.pdf 2019-08-28
Half Page Bulletin Insert - Word Printable 1/2 page bulletin insert for Gathering 2019 in Word doc format. Two half page sheets are on this document for easy printing. gathering bulletin insert word.docx 2019-08-28
Gathering Square Image for Social Media + Digital This square image can be used for social media posts (e.g. Instagram) or printed materials. This image is recommended for any email outreach as well. We ask all posts are linked to https://www.pitanglican.org/gathering.  gathering 2019 instagram.png 2019-08-28
Gathering 2019 Facebook Event Everyone is invited to share our Facebook Event to help spread the word about Gathering 2019. Please click on resource title for external link. 2019-08-23
The Daily Offices Link to the official texts of the Daily Offices from the Book of Common Prayer 2019. Content available in Word & PDF formats. Please click on resource title for external link. 2019-07-08
Distribution of Holy Communion by a Deacon This document contains the rubrics for an Order of Distribution of Holy Communion by a Deacon in Public Worship, Anglican Standard Text, Adapted. DistributionByDeaconRev.pdf 2019-07-08
Holy Baptism Certificate Template Priests are welcome to use this template to commemorate a baptism. Recommended to print on card stock.  holy-baptism (1).docx 2019-07-08
Pastoral Counseling & Rite of Reconciliation Guidelines These guidelines from the Bishop's office include guiding principles & legal clarifications. For further questions, please contact the Bishop's office.  pastoral-counselling-recociliation-guidelines-lent-2015.pdf 2019-07-08
Materials for Remarriage If you desire to be married in the Church, and if your priest concurs in discerning that God is calling you to this marriage, the rest of this booklet is designed to assist you and your priest to make this beginning, and to give you the understanding, tools, and God’s grace to succeed in this most common, most transforming vocation. Materials for Remarriage 2018 - FINAL.pdf 2019-07-08
Lay Ministry License Certificate Template Priests are welcome to use this template for certifying lay ministers. This is a fillable PDF in that the name & other fields can be edited using Adobe Acrobat Reader. Recommended to print on card stock.  lay_license_fillable_12-14_-10_ (1).pdf 2019-07-08
First Holy Communion Certificate Template Priests are welcome to use this template for their first communions. Recommended to print on card stock.  first-holy-communion (1).docx 2019-07-08
Anglican Global Mission Partners Mission Match Anglican Global Mission Partners has created a searchable database of domestic and international mission opportunities covering a wide variety of options on their website.  Please click on resource title for external link. 2018-12-03
Diocesan Leadership Bodies The Diocese has 3 governing bodies (in no particular order): Board of Trustees, Standing Committee & Diocesan Council. This link will show the current membership of each body.  Please click on resource title for external link. 2018-11-12