Tuesday, November 20, 2012

on the Church of England's vote today

I am deeply disheartened by the Church of England’s failure to pass the measure to allow for women bishops.  Doubly hurt that the vote failed in the house of laity — not the bishops or the priests, but the laity would not allow for women bishops.

I was raised Episcopal, so I have a heart for the church of England.  They are the grandparents, in a way, of the church that raised me.  But they will not call me.  They will not call me priest because I am gay, and they will not call me bishop because I am a woman.

I had to sit through the Episcopal General Convention in 2003 when we fought over the ordination of openly gay priest Gene Robinson to bishop of New Hampshire.

I had to sit through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Churchwide Assembly in 2009 when we voted on the ordination of partnered gay and lesbian people.

I am so, so sick of sitting through votes on whether women and/or gay people can serve.

Today, I am totally done with this. There are children dying in Israel / Palestine.  There are children starving all around the world.  There are children abused and broken and hurt, and the church is complicit at least by its silence if not by its own acts of oppression.

I love working with people.  I love seeing brokenness explored and wounds begin to heal.  But I am so, so done (at least today) with people who think they have some sort of God-given right to perpetrate abuse and inequality in God’s own kingdom.

1 comment:

  1. I agree, this is disheartening, and it must be especially so for someone who has your calling. Please keep doing what you are doing. You are an inspiration. The church will change in time, as more people like you speak out—and live the true message of love and compassion.