As you may recall me telling you previously, the Episcopal Cathedral of San Diego has been a strong advocate for gay rights and BP has been there a couple of times (once with me). A friend of ours also started attending after their ecumenical post-prop8 service, and has really gotten into the community. She phoned us this weekend to ask if we were going, because there was a "newcomer's informational brunch" after the 10.30 service that she wanted to attend. BP was interested, so we went.
A couple of noticeable things. First of all, there were many more "newcomers" at the brunch than they had anticipated so there was a scramble for chairs and tables. Second, based on our chats and eavesdropping, quite a large number of these potential newcomers are, like BP, Roman Catholic, and several of them explicitly dismayed and injured by Prop8. The inclusiveness of TEC is a huge, huge draw. (The familiarity of the liturgy doesn't hurt.) And third, the Dean explained the simple message of the Cathedral thus:
Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here. Whether you are passing through, or this is the beginning of a longer relationship, welcome. You are today part of our family.
Simple but to the point. Not a dry eye in the house.
Our journey continues.
Update: welcome to visitors coming here from Fr Terry's site, and the HOBD list. If you click on the label "welcome" at the bottom of this post, you will find the other posts I've made about our visits to TEC churches recently.