Gays, Lesbians and the Episcopal Church. March 25, Since I worship at an Episcopal Church, it seems apt to start this blog with a comment on the current battle occurring in the Episcopal Church over inclusion of gays and lesbians as full members of the church body. It appears that a schism--of the entire Anglican Communion and of the Episcopal Church itself--may be in the works as a result of this issue.
Episcopalians Focus on Church Inclusion of Gays, Lesbians
In the coming months, more than Episcopal dioceses and bishops will answer that query by confirming or rejecting the election of the Rev. Mary Glasspool as suffragan assistant bishop of Los Angeles. Glasspool, 55, has been with her partner since , according to a biography she provided to the Diocese of Los Angeles; she is poised to become the second openly gay bishop elected in the 2. But a majority of bishops and standing committees in the Episcopal Church's dioceses must vote to give their "consents," or confirmation to Glasspool's election before she can be consecrated a bishop.
The Episcopal Church confirmed its first openly lesbian bishop on Wednesday, six years after its first openly gay bishop took office. Before taking office, she needed to win the consent of a majority of the church's standing committees and diocesan bishops. The Episcopal diocese of Los Angeles released an informal tally Wednesday showing that Glasspool had received consents from 63 of the Episcopal Church's standing committees, seven more than necessary.