The poignant ones were from people who are cultural Episocpalians who would like to be in a community like mine, where people like me are welcome. To which I say, such places DO exist, not just virtually (like this space) but for real.
Some of the other ones are a bit snarky.
First, there's the "well, that just proves the Episocpal church is godless!" kind of comment. This is the same mind-set that says "if gays marry, it's the end of the human race", that is, assuming that the result is that everyone will be gay. Of course, the fact that there is a tiny fraction of people in the Episcopal church who do not have, shall we say, a "traditional" concept of faith, does not in any way change the fact that the majority of Episcopalians say their Nicene creed and mean it. They may mean it non-literally, but they mean it. Using my existence to "prove" anything about the Episcopal Church is nonsense.
Then there was a snarky comment suggesting that people like me don't belong in the Episcopal church and should be UU or something.
Which leads me to think that this commenter does not believe in the frequently spoken words "Whoever you are, and wherever you are on the journey of faith, you are welcome here." What I got from this comment is that to her mind, the Episcopal church should NOT welcome me. That I don't "belong".
So who DOES belong? Is someone only welcome if they ALREADY believe as you do? That's hardly evangelism and that's certainly not welcome "wherever you are on the journey of faith." It's requiring an exam and a check-up at the red door. "Only approved Episcopalians need apply."
And what does that exclusion cost? If you don't let people like me in, you also prevent the possibility of conversion, denying someone a road-to-Damascus moment in which the gift of faith might be bestowed. Do you want to claim that responsibility?
Nor does welcoming me mean you are compromising what you or the Church believes. And let me be clear, I'm not asking you to. I'm not asking you to change your beliefs or their expression in any way--rather, it's I who is accommodating to fit you.
Of course, for me, I consider that it's very unlikely I will ever receive the gift of faith (I just haven't got that gene, as I've told you before, despite our friend JCF's best efforts. Of course, JCF believes that with God, all things are possible. ;-)
But whether I think of myself as a gratheist or a Christian atheist or a cultural Christian, I'm actually a great defender of your faith. I'm an ally. And I'm also one of your best recruiters and evangelizers (for example, here and here). I figure if someone has got faith and a taste for liturgy, the Episcopal Church is where they should be. How's that for irony? Think of the church-going atheist as a translator, or a bridge between worlds.
So really, look into your heart. If the person next to you in the pew admitted they don't believe in God, would you show them the door? Or would you say, truthfully, "you are welcome here"?