Albany Via Media (AVM) is an organization of clergy and lay Episcopalians in the Diocese of Albany loyal to the doctrine, discipline, and worship of Christ in The Episcopal Church and to our Primate, the Presiding Bishop. AVM recognizes the General Convention as the highest authority in the church. AVM was founded when Bishop Herzog, a board member of the American Anglican Council (AAC), and Bishop Bena, a member and leader in the AAC, disagreed with decisions of the General Convention and spoke of realignment and impaired communion with The Episcopal Church. Since any realignment or impaired communion with other dioceses of the church affects lives and our ministries, binds consciences, and violates the ordination vows of our clergy, Albany Via Media, a not-for-profit corporation in the State of New York, was created to keep the Diocese of Albany in communion with The Episcopal Church.
Information about the Via Media USA alliance members is given below.
Episcopal Forum of South Carolina (EFSC) was organized in December 2003 to focus on fostering conversation and understanding among all Episcopalians. Its mission is to preserve unity and diversity in the Diocese of South Carolina and within The Episcopal Church through the inclusion of a broad range of scriptural understandings and by upholding the democratic actions of its Constitution and Canons, conventions, and elected leadership. Among its activities, EFSC sponsors meetings and conferences in its diocese through which Episcopalians find common ground in their shared mission and ministry.
Fort Worth Via Media (FWVM) is one of the groups that formed Via Media USA in 2004. FWVM was instrumental in re-organizing the Diocese of Fort Worth after the “realignment” vote of 2008.
Progressive Episcopalians of Pittsburgh (PEP) was formally organized in March 2003 in response to actions taken at the 2002 diocesan convention. The initial goal of PEP was to work toward a more generous and inclusive Diocese of Pittsburgh, but PEP began working to preserve both the integrity of its diocese and of The Episcopal Church itself when diocesan leaders came to the forefront of conservatives opposed to the election and consecration of V. Gene Robinson as a bishop in 2003. PEP’s membership has always included both clergy and laity, but most of its leaders have been lay. PEP is known for its thoughtful and well researched publications. As it became increasingly clear that many of the diocesan leaders were leaving The Episcopal Church, PEP worked to build understanding among those who would remain, and it is returning to its original focus and a more educational role. PEP is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, Pennsylvania corporation that has been granted 501(c)(3) status .
Remain Episcopal was formed in the Diocese of San Joaquin in 2003 because clergy and laity were concerned that the diocese was moving toward eventual separation from The Episcopal Church. Remain Episcopal was one of the founders of Via Media USA and is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. The group worked for reconciliation within San Joaquin before the December 2007 vote for schism, and it played a major role in reorganizing the diocese thereafter. Although Remain Episcopal considered that its work might be done once the diocese was again up and running, it has chosen to continue its reconciling and educational work in the diocese and its role as a resource to others in The Episcopal Church.
Via Media Dallas is a group of lay and clergy Episcopalians in the Diocese of Dallas that advocates openness, balanced and accurate information, and clarity of thought about issues facing The Episcopal Church. The members of Via Media Dallas are united in desiring to remain a part of The Episcopal Church and the life and governance thereof. Although the group fields an electronic mailing list and Web site to keep people informed of Episcopal Church activities. it is presently inactive.