As we celebrate the election of the 27th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, let’s not lose sight of all of the important issues that will be discussed and decided in the coming days. Yesterday I heard so many brave voices speak in favor of making available the Rite of Holy Matrimony to all LGBTQ couples in the Episcopal Church. People shared beautiful stories of their own love, their own marriages, and their personal conversion experiences in relation to this issue. Many people cried. Some people laughed with relief at the decision of the Supreme Court and pleaded with the committee to help our church move forward, too.
Here are some thoughts and questions that stood out to me:
What does it mean to say, “The Episcopal Church Welcomes You” if our Holy Rites are not available to all people?
How can we affirm LGBTQ people as full members of our church if we do not affirm their right to enter into full Christian marriages with their loved ones?
Some say we need to allow more time for skeptical or opposed church communities and dioceses to pray about and study issues of marriage equality? Haven’t we waited long enough?
Will we be alienating the rest of the Anglican Communion if we change our Canons and adopt liturgies in support of marriage equality? Haven’t we let fear of disunity hold us back for too long already?
I am praying that the committee members heard the pleas of those who testified and will seek God’s guidance as they come to a just and faithful decision.