Words fail me. I am astonished. Tonight the House of Bishops approved D025 with only one amendment, which I consider minor. And they approved it with a huge majority: 99 for, 45 against, and 2 abstaining. That is similar to the House of Deputies 2:1 margin. Astonishing!What, Lisa? What?! What are you talking about?
Resolved that this 76th General Convention affirm that God has called and may call such individuals to any ordained ministry within TEC and that God's call to the ministry is a mystery which the Church attempts to discern for all people through our discernment processes acting in accordance with the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church.Who are these "such individuals?" What happened? What is it? What's the buzz?
Resolved...the General Convention has come to recognize that the baptized membership of The Episcopal Church includes same-sex couples living in lifelong committed relationships "characterized by fidelity, monogamy, mutual affection and respect, careful, honest communication, and the holy love which enables those in such relationships to see in each other the image of God" (2000-D039); and be it further
Resolved, That the 76th General Convention recognize that gay and lesbian persons who are part of such relationships have responded to God's call and have exercised various ministries in and on behalf of God's One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church and are currently doing so in our midst...
Oh, gays and lesbians. Gosh we haven't talked about them in a while. So the Episcopal Church thinks they are human beings, eh? With equal rights? Gifts for ministry? Good enough for the Bishop's tall hat?
Good for you Episcopal Church. Way to stand up for what is right. This is a good day.
Ahem. How about you, Presbyterians?