It has taken a while to get the message out. But it is out. No matter that the Bishops of San Joaquin, Pittsburgh, Fort Worth and Quincy determine to leave the Episcopal Church, through whose ecclesial community they hold orders. No matter that there are clergy and laity who will go with them. There will indeed be EPISCOPAL CHURCH dioceses of San Joaquin, Pittsburgh, Fort Worth and Quincy beyond the time of their leaving.
They will perhaps be smaller, they will have new bishops and will find ways to reorder the church life and structures of those who remain part of the Episcopal Church. They will continue to contain a wide spectrum of opinion and hopes for the Episcopal Church, but they will be together.
Lionel Deimel has posted one example of the work that is going on in Pittsburgh to a continuing Diocese of Pittsburgh. It is a conference on "A Hopeful Future for the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh: An Alternative Solution."
The various groups and individuals involved in this effort do not all agree with one another about what they hope for in the Episcopal Church, but they are agreed to work on their issues within the Episcopal Church. There is no guarantee that there will not be continued difference of opinion, indeed it would be odd if that were not true. The Episcopal Church is able to pray together but not always able to agree with one another.
We know that this is a difficult way to go, but there it is. So there will continue to be a Diocese of Pittsburgh, Fort Worth, and Quincy. People across the aisle, or better across the spectrum, will continue to be The Episcopal Church.
There it is.