Along the way, The Episcopal Church has garnered a lot of attention, but with the help of organizations such as Integrity USA, the church has continued its work toward full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT Episcopalians. The Episcopal Church has been clear about our expectation that every member of the LGBT community is entitled to the same respect and dignity as any other member of the human family. Our advocacy for oppressed minorities has been vocal and sustained. The current attempts to criminalize LBGT persons and their supporters are the latest in a series, each stage of which has been condemned by this Church, as well as many other religious communities and nations.
Church rejects Anglican pressure over gay rights | Reuters
The head of the about 2 million-member denomination provided a limited response to the recent election of the Rev. Canon Mary D. Glasspool in the Diocese of Los Angeles. Glasspool, who has been with her partner for 19 years, must be approved as an assistant bishop by the bishops and standing committees of The Episcopal Church's other dioceses within days. The Episcopal leader made her comments at a news conference in Dallas just after delivering a lecture on "Who is Christ" alongside a more conservative bishop — the Rt. Jefferts Schori, who has previously said that Jesus is not the only way to God and heaven, presented a carefully worded paper Saturday morning, mentioning only once the urgency for full inclusion of gays and lesbians in all structures of the church, as observed by Cheryl M. Wetzel, editor of The Anglican Voice.
But even as Jefferts Schori called on the church to move past the issue of gay priests and same-sex marriage, her election has put a new strain on a church wrestling with its identity and mission in recent years. An oceanographer who studied squids and octopuses in the northeastern Pacific Ocean before going into the ministry in , Jefferts Schori is considered a progressive. She supported the consecration three years ago of V. Gene Robinson, who is openly gay, as bishop of New Hampshire.
Episcopal leaders sent letters to the Anglican Communion's spiritual leader and primates clarifying the gay-affirming resolution they passed this week. In an effort to prevent "any misunderstandings," Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and Bonnie Anderson, president of the Episcopal House of Deputies, stressed in their letter that "nothing" in their resolution "goes beyond what has already been provided under our Constitution and Canons for many years. Despite calls by the wider Anglican Communion not to pass legislation that may further impair the unity of the global church body, The Episcopal Church's House of Deputies approved a resolution Tuesday that declares the denomination's ordination process open to all individuals, including practicing homosexuals. In their letter to Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams, the Episcopal officers said Resolution D is "more descriptive than prescriptive in nature" and stressed that it did not repeal a resolution B that urged restraint concerning the election of bishops whose "manner of life" would cause offense to the wider Anglican Communion.