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My Church is Going to Pittsburgh

Archbishop Duncan of Pittsburgh

This is the letter I just sent out to my congregation:

Dear Church of the Redeemer,

I am writing with some exciting news regarding our affiliation within the Anglican Communion.  Last month, I wrote to you about our transition from the Anglican Mission in the Americas (AMiA) to the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA).  The paperwork is in process, so our transition is not yet technically complete.  Redeemer will probably have to make some alterations in our by-laws.  However, the important decisions have been made.  So while it may take a few weeks or even months for all the parties to process all the documents, I am pleased to announce that we are moving toward our new home.

Church of the Redeemer will soon be part of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh.  Our bishop will be Archbishop Bob Duncan.  We will also be receiving care from his assistant, Bishop Frank Lyons and Bishop Duncan’s Canon, the Very Reverend Mary Hays.

The Diocese of Pittsburgh has a two-hundred year history.  It is a large, stable diocese with excellent and godly leadership.  It will give us the spiritual covering and support that we need.  Further, the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh has a spiritual gift (a charism) of helping new dioceses come into existence.  They currently have deaneries in other cities.  A deanery is a cluster of churches that comes together under the authority of a diocese.  The diocese then tutors them in how to become a diocese.  The Diocese of Pittsburgh has agreed to let Church of the Redeemer start a Deanery of Tennessee.  It is my believe that this Deanery will be one of the primary building blocks of a future Anglican Diocese of Tennessee.  In the meantime, our church will be part of the one of the most missional and vibrant dioceses in the Anglican Church.

If you have questions or would like to have further conversation, please feel free to contact any of the Elders or Pastors.  May the Lord bless you, bless our church, and bless Tennessee through us.

In Christ,

The Reverend Thomas McKenzie
Pastor, Church of the Redeemer