Yesterday the press was eager to report on developments in our church, not in a way to fuel the culture wars, but to hear how we as Episcopalians are facing a change in our understanding and practice regarding ministry with gay and lesbian couples. They were interested in how we are moving forward.
It is especially important to me that LBGT folks, young people, and those who have become weary of hearing Christians fighting in public see us as a Church acting in a welcoming, mature way, which embraces ambiguity and comprehensiveness.
Our Episcopal way of allowing differences of conscience while simultaneously providing for common prayer is an important witness to this polarized culture of which we are a part. The Bishop’s plan is not an either/or way forward. It allows for diversity of conscience while focusing on the unity of our mission. We are called to embody Christ’s grace and to be vehicles for offering it to the world.
As a congregation, St. Stephen’s will now be free to begin asking new questions and creating new dimensions in our common life. We do so within the broader context of the Episcopal Church. The point of it all is to share the gracious hospitality of God.
To recap, I wrote a blog piece Wednesday, in which I expressed my initial feelings:
The Houston Chronicle Faith Blog wrote a piece about it,
which got expanded into a feature piece,
and then most of the other local news networks picked up the story. As of this morning, the AP picked up the story and it’s been run in over 20 news outlets:
I look forward to your comments and questions!