Diocese of LA elects 2nd suffragan

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In a seven ballot election The Rev. Canon Mary D. Glasspool has been elected a suffragan bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles pending the required consents. The second woman elected bishop bishop in the diocese in as many days, she is also a partnered lesbian.


The Diocese of Los Angeles elected the
Rev. Canon Diane Jardine Bruce suffragan bishop of the diocese in the first of two elections taking place in that diocese this weekend. Bruce is the first woman elected a bishop in the Diocese of Los Angeles pending the required consents.

Today’s election was long and close with The Rev. Irineo Martir Vasquez (Martir) drawing considerable support from clergy and lay.

(Photo credit: Susan Russell)

UPDATES:

Statement by Archbishop of Canterbury

From the comments: “Mary addressed the convention, speaking eloquently and openly of the various political dynamics that were in play today. She began by addressing Latino delegates in Spanish, and went on to assure all Latino delegates of her commitment to lifting up and supporting Latino/Hispanic ministry. …Bp Bruno was quite emotional, and led the convention in a spontaneous “Amazing Grace” ….”

The Chicago Consultation issued a statement today from its co-convener, the Rev. Lowell Grisham, which concludes:“As Christians, we know that we can only fulfill the promise of our baptismal vows when all of our brothers and sisters in Christ can fulfill theirs. Today the people of Los Angeles and Mary Glasspool have made it more possible for all Episcopalians to be the people God is calling us to be.”

In a press release Integrity president said “It takes both a courageous candidate and a courageous community to fully embrace inclusion and to be prepared for the public attention this historic opportunity offers the Episcopal Church and the United States of America at this time.”

The Rt. Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, bishop of Maryland, said in a press release, “This is a great day in the life of the Episcopal Church.”

Statement by Bishop Gene Robinson.

News reports (freshest first): USA Today | CNN | The Times | Reuters | Washington Times | UPI | LATimes (a second report) | Baltimore Sun | BBC | AP | ENS | LATimes

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Balloting results are here and below.

Ballot

7

8

9

10

11

12

Clergy

Lay

Clergy

Lay

Clergy

Lay

Clergy

Lay

Clergy

Lay

Clergy

Lay

Votes cast

245

384

Votes needed

123 193

Glasspool

153

203


Kennedy

3

3


Vasquez

87

177




Ballot

1

2

3

4

5

6

Clergy

Lay

Clergy

Lay

Clergy

Lay

Clergy

Lay

Clergy

Lay

Clergy

Lay

Votes cast

263

403

265

401

263

398

242

382

252

399

245

378

Votes needed

132

202

133

201

132

200

122

192

127

200

123

190


Glasspool

113

143

128

170

149

188

134

159

134

175

144

185


Kennedy

46

65

29

53

9

24

6

7

8

9

8

6


Kirkley

15

33

4

8

0

4

0

3

Withdrawn


Romero

22

34

8

14

2

7

1

2

1

0

1

Vasquez

64

124

94

155

102

173

100

209

107

214

91

186



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2 Comments
  1. JasonC

    Mary addressed the convention, speaking eloquently and openly of the various political dynamics that were in play today. She began by addressing Latino delegates in Spanish, and went on to assure all Latino delegates of her commitment to lifting up and supporting Latino/Hispanic ministry. She said that our goal as God’s people should be to transcend these categories and work together to build God’s Kingdom for all people.

    Bp Bruno was quite emotional, and led the convention in a spontaneous “Amazing Grace” while we waited for all the delegates present to sign the testimonials prior to Mary’s speech. The mood in the room is joyful and happy. And now we are on to other business.

    Jason Cox

  2. tgflux

    “The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone: this is The LORD’s doing, and it is GLORIOUS in our eyes!” :-D

    JC Fisher

    Now, we’ll have to wait and see if it’s equally glorious in the eyes of the bishops/Standing Committees: whether D51 really supercedes B033 (and its “manner of life” blather). O_o

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