Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Glasspool receives consent from bishops


Canon Mary Glasspool, bishop suffragan-elect of Los Angeles has received enough consents to her election for Glasspool and Diane Bruce to be consecrated on May 15 in the Long Beach Arena. The Presiding Bishop will be preside and it is Pride Weekend in Long Beach!

read more at Episcopal Café.

Photo from Episcopal Life Online

11 comments:

Leonardo Ricardo said...

and PRIDE WEEKEND TOO!

Wow, what a setting for such a great event!

Felcidades to all,

Leonardo

David |Dah • veed| said...

Ditto!

JCF said...

Fling open the doors, and invite all Pride marchers (etc) IN! No more outcasts, EVER! TBTG! :-D

dr.primrose said...

N.Y. Times story - Episcopal Church Approves 2nd Openly Gay Bishop:

"A majority of bishops and dioceses of the Episcopal Church have approved the election of the church's second openly gay bishop, the Rev. Mary D. Glasspool, a decision likely to increase the tension with fellow Anglican churches around the world that do not approve of homosexuality.

"The worldwide Anglican Communion, the network of churches connected to the Church of England, has been in turmoil since the Americans elected their first openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson, in New Hampshire in 2003. Theological conservatives in the Communion say the Bible condemns homosexuality, while liberals say the Scripture is open to interpretation.

"Bishop Glasspool, 56, is to be consecrated as one of two new assistant bishops, known as suffragan bishops, in Los Angeles on May 15. Both elected suffragan bishops are women — the first ever to serve in the diocese.

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"Bishop Glasspool, who has been serving in Maryland as an adviser to the bishops for nine years, said Wednesday in an interview: 'I feel overjoyed. I feel relieved. I’m breathing again.'

"She and her partner, Becki Sander, a postgraduate student in social work, have been together for 22 years.

"The bishop said she intended to reach out to those who opposed her. Asked whether she anticipated that her election would have repercussions in the Anglican Communion, she said, 'While I understand that not everyone rejoices, I don't understand what will functionally be different tomorrow than today with respect to our relationships around the world.'

"Conservative prelates in the Communion had asked the Episcopal Church to refrain from electing any more openly gay bishops, but Episcopalians passed a resolution at their convention in 2009 saying that the church should be open to the ministry of all qualified people, regardless of sexual orientation.

"The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, the leader of the Church of England and spiritual head of the Anglican Communion, issued a warning in December that Bishop Glasspool's election 'raises very serious questions not just for the Episcopal Church and its place in the Anglican Communion, but for the Communion as a whole.'

"He did not elaborate on what steps the Communion might take should her election be confirmed."

IT said...

WELL WELL WELL

I am delighted. Did not expect it. You've got your sandals firmly on the path, gang.

And the banner you are holding? It says SOCIAL JUSTICE FOR ALL and take that Glenn Beck....!!!!!

Awesome news!

Elizabeth said...

I admit that I didn't think it would go through so easily, but I am glad the Episcopal is truly going to walk the walk. It makes me proud to say I'm Episcopalian. I already told mr. Beck what I thought about Christians and social justice.

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

A great day, indeed!

The Werewolf Prophet said...

I've just returned from checking out the comments on the "Stand Firm" post about Glasspool's approval by the Bishops.

Oh.
My.
God.

Those people are soooo afraid and soooo angry it's shocking. And they're such drama queens, too!

++Gene Robinson has said we must remember that there are people on the other side who are hurting, which I agree with entirely. However, I must add that we cannot let their fear hold us back from the path we're called to.

The only thing worse than living in the shadow of one's own fear is living in the shadow of another's.

JCF said...

Werewolf, I'm afraid (given a link) I took a look (at Viagraville), too. (Must.Take.Bath!)

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Hey, IT: I know that you're not all that enamored of the megalopolis (that employs you ;-/) to the North . . . but do you think you (and BP, of course!) could be Friends-of-Jake's official correspondents to the consecration festivities? ;-)

IT said...

Well, that suck, we will be on our way east for a combo family/business trip.

BP is bummed but unfrotunately we already have the tickets.

BP said...

The only thing worse than living in the shadow of one's own fear is living in the shadow of another's.

Wolfie (perhaps given my ongoing journey), that REALLY resonated... It is probably the reason I'll be received into TEC at Easter. Thank you for giving my feelings voice.

-BP (IT's wife)