Sunday, December 06, 2009

yearning for justice & equal rights

Gratitude and hope are the feelings that come to mind for me this morning as news of the election of the Reverend Mary Glasspool, as bishop spreads around the world. The Episcopal Diocese of LA, meeting this weekend elected two qualified and gifted women to serve as bishops. You can read all about this news, here and here.

I am especially grateful for the words of Bishop Gene Robinson,
The people of the Diocese of Los Angeles have elected two extraordinarily gifted priests to serve them as Suffragan Bishops. They have chosen the two people who, in their minds, and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, are best suited for this ministry, and one of them happens to be a lesbian.

But let us be clear: it is Mary Glasspool's experience, skills and faith which will make her a good bishop, and are the reason for her election. Rightly so, the people of Los Angeles have not let current arguments over homosexuality or threats to “unity” impair their choosing the best persons for these ministries.
This is the Church we declared at this summer’s General Convention we would be, following God’s call to us as best we can discern it, and we are now living into that calling. I am delighted over the elections of Diane Bruce and Mary Glasspool and, upon consent by the wider church, look forward to welcoming them both into the House of Bishops.
The Reverend Mary Glasspool is quoted in the Washington Post saying the following, 

"Any group of people who have been oppressed because of any one, isolated aspect of their persons yearns for justice and equal rights,"

I'm looking forward to hearing lots more from the Reverend Mary Glasspool as her new ministry in L.A. unfolds.

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