Executive Council’s letter to the Church

Here is the Executive Council’s letter to the Church.

A bit:

Executive Council recognizes that the requests made by the Primates, directed to the House of Bishops and the Presiding Bishop, raise important and unresolved questions about the polity of the Episcopal Church and its ecclesiology. We have authorized the appointment of a work group to consider the role, responsibilities and potential response of the Executive Council to the issues raised by the Primates. The work group will make a report and recommendations at the June 2007 meeting of the Council.

We wish clearly to affirm that our position as a church is to welcome all persons, particularly those perceived to be the least among us. We wish to reaffirm to our lesbian and gay members that they remain a welcome and integral part of the Episcopal Church.

Further, we offer our prayerful affirmation to all who struggle with the issues that concern us: those who are deeply concerned about the future of their Church and its place within the wider Communion, and those who are not reconciled to certain actions of General Convention. We wish to reaffirm that they too remain a welcome and integral part of the Episcopal Church.

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  1. Crucifer

    I am sick that this is the best they could do.

    The Executive Council says, “We wish clearly to affirm that our position as a church is to welcome all persons, particularly those perceived to be the least among us. We wish to reaffirm to our lesbian and gay members that they remain a welcome and integral part of the Episcopal Church.”

    Need I remind any reader here that that’s exactly the same statement that any conservative, homophobic member of this church would say? They insist we are “welcome and integral” and “disordered” and “in need of repentance.”

    For the life of me, tonight I cannot tell the difference between TEC’s Executive Council and the Network or AAC.

  2. I’ve quoted on my blog the reported comments (on Stand Firm) of Los Angeles priest Butch Gamarra at Sunday’s EC session, to which Susan Russell drew attention. I wish that his witness has been part of the final statement.

    I am encouraged by C008, which indicates that EC is not going to sit idly by and let the bishops respond on their own.

    I also think that the bit that Crucifer quotes is enough, if the words of EC mean what they say. EC has some very prominent and broad representation of GLBT folk and allies.

    I agree that the language can be and probably will be spun away. But then again, so can the language of the Gospel, the Baptismal Covenant, and the non-discrimination canons of this Church (all of which B033 contradicts).

    “Welcome and integral” as I read it means that GLBT folk have full and equal access to all the sacraments and all orders of ministry. (Which the canons already say.) This doesn’t mean that every person has a right to be ordained, but it does mean that (as a professor mine used to say about women), that if you aren’t going to ordain some of them, you should stop batpizing them.

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