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Episcopal Church shieldTo most Episcopalians most of the time, The Episcopal Church extends only to the edge of the parking lot. To be sure, Episcopalians are not a part of a monolithic hierarchy like that of the Roman Catholic Church, but neither do we have the Congregationalist independence of the Baptists. The local bishop matters, and, increasingly, the Presiding Bishop, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and even primates of other Anglican provinces seem to matter. Certainly what takes place at the church’s General Convention affects the life of every local Episcopal church.

The Internet, and particularly the World Wide Web, has made it easier to get news of the wider church, tap into resources useful at the parish level, and even participate in the often lively discussion of contemporary issues that will influence the direction of Anglicanism in America. On the other hand, the Internet has increased tensions within the Anglican Communion by communicating news of events quickly and by acting as an echo chamber for the cries of the dissatisfied.

For the benefit of Episcopalians new to the cyberspace domain of The Episcopal Church, I have compiled a brief annotated collection of interesting and useful links. Other valuable sites can be reached from those listed here. Suggestions for improving this list are invited.

I have included links of interest to Episcopalians in the Pittsburgh area, including that of my own parish church. Since these are likely of limited interest to those outside the area, they are listed separately.

Repeat visitors may find this list useful, but cumbersome. Try clicking on quick links, above, for a more concise listing. If you like the format, bookmark that page in your browser.

I have avoided two kinds of Web sites: institutional sites of partisans in the current church wars and blogs that regularly provide information and commentary on the same. At some point, I may post an list of sites in these categories, but that list will necessarily be more controversial, which the list below is meant not to be.

— LED, 8/9/2010

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The Anglican Communion

The Anglican Domain This unofficial site is operated by The Society of Archbishop Justus, a group of Internet-era scribes devoted to advancing the church via electronic communications. The name of the site comes from the fact that the Society is responsible for the Internet domain anglican.org, which is used by many Anglican entities. (For example, the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh can be found at http://pittsburgh.anglican.org, although http://episcopalpgh.org is now the preferred URL) The site contains information about the Anglican Communion (what it is and how it developed), a glossary of church terms, and links to sites of national churches within the Communion.
Anglicans Online Another project of The Society of Archbishop Justus. Whereas The Anglican Domain is updated infrequently, this site is updated each Sunday. It carries news and commentary, and, from it, many useful resources can be reached. The site includes a very extensive listing of dioceses and parishes throughout the world.
The Anglican Communion This is the official Anglican Communion Web site. There is a good deal of news here, particularly about important meetings (especially useful if you are a bishop). There is also information here about individual provinces (national or regional churches).
Anglican Communion News Service News from throughout the Anglican Communion. You can sign up here to receive news releases via e-mail.
Church of England It seems proper to single out the Church of England Web site for special mention. This site contains much you would expect, including links to individual parishes and news items. It also carries the complete Daily Office (including readings) for the current and next day, although the language may be tough on Americans accustomed to Rite II.
World Council of Churches This is not an Anglican site, of course, but Anglicans may be interested in the activities of this ecumenical body.
Worldwide Faith News Another news service, but not limited only to the Anglican Communion. You can sign up here to receive news releases via e-mail.

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The Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church This is the official site of The Episcopal Church. You can find information and documents relating to the General Convention here, as well as links to just about every Episcopal organization with a Web site.
Episcopal News Service Episcopal News Service is the official publicity organ of The Episcopal Church. The primary commodity here is, of course, news. You can sign up here to receive news via e-mail. In March 2006, the ENS Web site was combined with that of Episcopal Life. Be aware that ENS separates diocesan and foreign news stories (albeit by rules that are not totally transparent) from other domestic stories.
Archives of the Episcopal Church Historical information about The Episcopal Church can be found in The Archives of the Episcopal Church, established in 1845. Recent records, including acts of General Convention and the Executive Committee are available on-line.
National Episcopal Cursillo Many organizations are associated with The Episcopal Church without being a formal part of it. Cursillo is a movement aimed at developing church leaders. (My own association with Cursillo is my excuse for singling it out here.)
The General Convention This is the home page of the General Convention of The Episcopal Church. Information is available here about past and future General Conventions. Information is also to be found here on the Executive Council, officers (including the Presiding Bishop) and staff, etc.
Constitution and Canons The official rules that govern The Episcopal Church, updated with changes made by the 2012 General Convention.
Louie Crew’s General Convention Page Dr. Louie Crew is an  prominent gay activist within The Episcopal Church and a former member of its Executive Council. He is a collector of information about the church, and his information about the General Convention and those who participate in its deliberations is both notable and reliable. Links to other pages of information and advocacy can also be found here.
Episcopal Relief and Development This is the site of the Episcopal world relief agency, formerly known as The Presiding Bishop’s Fund for World Relief.

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Resources for Episcopalians

Christian Classics Ethereal Library This site, out of Michigan’s Calvin College, contains a large collection of Christian material from every era and in a number of formats. This is a good place to find the text of Christian classics.
Church Publishing Incorporated Church Publishing is the current name for the former Church Hymnal Corporation, publisher of the Book of Common Prayer, Hymnal 1982, and other worship resources. The site has an on-line bookstore and clergy directory. It also contains copies of documents related to General Convention.
Cowley Publications Cowley Publications, formerly the press of the Society of St. John the Evangelist (the “Cowley Fathers”), an Anglican religious order, is now an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield. Among the publications available here is a John Wall’s excellent resource, A Dictionary for Episcopalians, which defines all those funny terms Episcopalians use.
Episcopal Books and Resources The church’s bookstore at the Episcopal Church Center.
Forward Movement Publications Forward Movement has an extensive catalog of pamphlets, booklets, electronic resources, and the magazine Forward Day by Day.
LeaderResources LeaderResources provides program resources and consulting services to congregations. This Web site will be of more interest to parishes than to individuals, though a small but interesting selection of books is available for sale. Journey to Adulthood materials can be found here.
The Online Daily Office The Mission of St. Clare has made it easy to read and sing the daily office right at your computer. This works well for individuals, though its usefulness for corporate worship may be limited.
Online Anglican Resources at SoAJ Another Society of Archbishop Justus site. This is a good place to look for Anglican texts on the Web. Especially interesting is an extensive listing of biographies of famous Christians and versions of the various editions of the Book of Common Prayer, including the 1979 American Prayer Book. Formats available include ASCII text, RTF, PDF, Microsoft Word, and Word Perfect.
The Lectionary Page This site makes it easy to find the lectionary readings for a particular day. Simply select the day from the calendar. This site now has readings both from the prayer book lectionary and the new Revised Common Lectionary (RCL).
When Will It Be Read? A fascinating “reverse lectionary.” Look up a verse and find when it is scheduled to be read. Although Revised Common Lectionary readings are not included on the Web site proper, visitors can download an Excel workbook that does include the RCL readings.
Oremus Hymnal Texts and music (MIDI versions) of many hymns from various hymnals.
NetHymnal This site used to be called Cyber Hymnal, but it has been rebranded NetHymnal. It is similar to Oremus Hymnal, but with a broader range of hymns and more information about them and their creators.
Oremus Bible Browser This site allows visitors to display Bible passages or search particular translations for words or phrases. The King James Version and the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), which is the version of choice in many Episcopal churches for public readings, are available here. Several alternative versions of Psalms are also provided. The NRSV text is complete with footnotes, implemented in an especially convenient manner.
The Bible Gateway This is another Bible Web site with some interesting features, including the ability to display the same passage from multiple translations. If desired, passages can heard, as well as read. The site provides access to a large number of Bible translations, although it includes the text neither  of the Revised Standard Version nor that of the New Revised Standard Version.
ECDplus Online The on-line version of the Episcopal Clerical Directory from Church Publishing. A good place to find information about Episcopal churches and clergy.
The Episcopal Church Annual An on-line source for information about Episcopal churches and church leaders. The Episcopal Church Annual (usually referred to as The Red Book) has been published by Morehouse Publishing since 1885. Morehouse was purchased by Church Publishing in 2005.
An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church Both liturgical and non-liturgical terms of interest to Episcopalians can be found here. The listings are based on a book from Church Publishing.

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Episcopal Periodicals

Episcopal Life The connection of many Episcopalians to the wider church has been through the official church publication Episcopal Life. In the latest remake of the church’s Web site, “Episcopal Life Online” has also become the home of Episcopal News Service.
The Living Church The Living Church is a magazine that has been covering The Episcopal Church since 1878. It is a weekly magazine of news, resources, and opinion. Although its viewpoint is decidedly right of center, it is one of the best general news sources about the church. Its “Reader’s Viewpoint” column gives voice to a variety of views, including, on occasion, my own.
The Witness Whereas Episcopalian “orthodox” are quick to accuse most Episcopalians of being “liberal,” this Web site of a venerable Episcopal journal, The Witness, is the real thing. This publication began as a magazine in 1917 and, for a time, was both a  print and Internet publication. In 2003, it became an Internet-only operation, and, in December 2006, it ceased publication, acknowledging increased opportunity for dialogue afforded by the Internet. Old material is still available on-line, but the future of The Witness does not seem bright.
The Anglican Digest This small, bimonthly publication is a product of the Anglo-Catholic tradition, but it describes itself as “traditional, but not reactionary.” It is a mix of opinion, inspirational pieces, and information intended to have a broad appeal. Not much of the magazine is actually posted on the Web, but one can subscribe for the asking. The publication is supported by contributions and a modest amount of advertising.
There are other Episcopalian periodicals, of course. Suggestions to modify the above list are welcome.

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Local (Pittsburgh) Interest

Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh At its October 4, 2008, diocesan convention, the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh voted, improperly, to leave The Episcopal Church to join the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone. (See story here.) This site represents the continuing Episcopal Church diocese.
Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh The URL of this site used to be that of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh in The Episcopal Church. It now represents the diocese of Archbishop Robert Duncan of the Anglican Church in North America.
Trinity Cathedral Trinity became the cathedral for the diocese in 1928, but its congregation traces its history back to the late eighteenth century. The current nineteenth-century English Gothic structure in downtown Pittsburgh is Trinity’s third.
St. Paul’s, Mt. Lebanon Large, broad-church parish in the Pittsburgh South Hills suburb of Mt. Lebanon. My parish.
Old St. Luke’s Old St. Luke’s, in Scott Township, began as a stockade church in 1765. Critical events of the Whiskey Rebellion occurred near the church, which was divided over this conflict. Occasional services are held in the present nineteenth-century building, which is a popular venue for weddings. Old St. Luke’s also teaches American history to adult tour groups and school groups.
Trinity School for Ministry This conservative, evangelical, and nominally Episcopal seminary was founded in 1975. The Ambridge, Pa., school has grown in size and influence during its brief history. Originally know as Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, “Episcopal” has been virtually disappeared from the name of the seminary.
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary This is actually a Presbyterian seminary, but it is an important local resource for the Episcopal community.

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