Saturday, December 5, 2009

Glasspool elected in L.A.


Gracias con todo mi corazon. I am not unaware of the many complicated dynamics that have been part of this election -- and I want to acknowledge them. Any group of people who have been oppressed because of any one, isolated aspect of their persons yearns for justice and equal rights. My own heart has been stressed deeply today. To Martir, I honor you and pledge you my ongoing love and support. To my Latino and Hispanic brothers and sisters, I say we're all in this together. We are all working to bring forward the reign of God on earth. So thank you with all my heart.

It is such an honor and a privilege to be among you wonderful people of the Diocese of Los Angeles. I'm deeply and forever grateful for the trust you've shown in me, and I look forward with great excitement to serving together with you, and alongside +Jon and Diane+, in furthering the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ in the world -- in whose name we are all honored to serve.

It has also been an enriching experience to get to know five incredible human beings who have dedicated all of their considerable gifts and life skills to the life and love of the Lord. You all can probably guess that it takes a lot of effort, even courage, to put yourself out there for public examination, questioning, and then voting. It speaks well of the Diocese of Los Angeles that a variety of such well-qualified people stood and stand before you. I hope you will continue to pray for all of us, as we continue to respond to God's call wherever that takes us. May I add my profound thanks to Bishop Bruno and Julian Bull and to all the Search Committee who worked very hard for lo these many months to get us all to this day.

I'm very excited about the future of the whole Episcopal Church, and I see the Diocese of Los Angeles leading the way into that future. But just for this moment, in the coming months, to getting to know you all better, as together we build up the Body of Christ for the world.

The Rev. Canon Mary D. Glasspool
December 5, 2009

From ENS
Bruno, responding to a question about whether Glasspool would received the required number of consents for her episcopacy to go forward, said: "If by chance people are going to withhold consents because of Mary's sexuality, it would be a violation of the canons of this church.

"At our last General Convention, we said we are nondiscriminatory. They just as well might have withheld their consents from me because I was a divorced man and in my case, it would have been more justified than someone withholding them from someone who has been approved through all levels of ministry and is a good and creative minister of the Gospel."

He added: "I would remind The Episcopal Church and the House of Bishops they need to be conscientious about respecting the canons of the church and the baptismal covenant to respect the dignity of every human being.

"To not consent in this country out of fear of the reaction elsewhere in the Anglican Communion is to capitulate to titular heads."

9 comments:

Fran said...

Great news - thanks be to Godde!

Grandmère Mimi said...

Good news! What a lovely and gracious statement.

calugg said...

Oh my! This is terrific news. Congrats to the ECUSA!

JCF said...

TBTG! :-D

Word verification: "confiato"

"With faith", everybody: with FAITH!

Anonymous said...

Wow! What a day for L.A. And what a quote from Bruno! One question: Were the resolutions passed this summer binding enough for presentment? Because +Bruno sounds as if no conservative can vote their conscience about homosexuality without giving the church a reason to kick them out for breaking canons, etc. If so,no wonder Lawrence backed away when he did. As long as they doesn't vote, he and his people who obviously won't/wouldn't consent can't be removed.
As for +Bruno's comment about divorce, I know a few committees did refuse his consent because of his divorces. It will be interesting to see what happens now. The elections and Bruno's quotes will be popular topics at fellowship tomorrow!
Chris H.

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

We are moving in the right direction of the Gospel!

JCF said...

+Bruno sounds as if no conservative can vote their conscience about homosexuality without giving the church a reason to kick them out for breaking canons, etc.

Hyperbole much, ChrisH? Y'know, just because you shut your eyes, cover your head, and run around screaming, doesn't mean the sky is REALLY falling, don't you?

Word verification: "scrusn". Those "screws in" you feel turning? They're just in your imagination...

Anonymous said...

"If by chance people are going to withhold consents because of Mary's sexuality, it would be a violation of the canons of this church." Bruno said it, not me, JCF. And as quickly as TEC can and wants to, throw presentments around, yes, it could be taken as a threat.
Chris H.

IT said...

Glasspool should not receive consents because she is gay, nor should she be rejected because she is gay. Equally the fact she is a woman is not sufficient to justify a rejection. It is as irrelevant to this subject. That's how I interpret Bruno's comment.