The initial post on the new blog, “Welcome to ‘Our Pittsburgh Diocese’,” explains, in part:
Although the Profile is intended to draw a clear picture of the diocese and of our ideal episcopal candidate, no document could do this, except imperfectly. In fact, both our individual perceptions of the diocese and our hopes for our next bishop differ from one person to another.Our hope is that the new blog will help members of our diocese better understand each other—how we view our recent past, how we see our diocese now, and where we think we should go. The blog should also help potential episcopal candidates get a feeling for the diocese that they might one day lead.
This new blog, Our Pittsburgh Diocese, is offered as an extension—an elaboration, if you will—of the official Profile. Just as many families have posed for a formal studio portrait, our diocese has its Diocesan Profile. But families also have photo albums, shoe boxes, computer hard drives, and smart phone memory cards filled with occasional images—informal snapshots, rather than formal portraits. This blog seeks to be to the diocese what those albums and shoe boxes are to a family.
The new blog is not to be the Bruce and Lionel show. As official contributors, we will, of course, post our own musings on the blog. But we hope that the lay people and clergy of the diocese will be writing most of the essays and will comment liberally on what is posted. “Guest contributors” can send their essays to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will post them as quickly as possible. We do not intend to censor or edit contributions other than for format.
Have a look at the new blog and pray for its success in building a stronger Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh.