Theology of Consent

To provide theological background about the process of consent to episcopal elections for Standing Committees, who are deciding whether or not to consent to the election of Canon Mary Glasspool as bishop suffragan of the Diocese of Los Angeles, The Chicago Consultation has prepared a collection of essays by theologians:

January 25, 2010 Dear Chicago Consultation friends:

Earlier this month, diocesan standing committees and bishops with jurisdiction were formally notified of the election of the Rev. Mary Glasspool as bishop suffragan in the Diocese of Los Angeles. Bishop-elect Glasspool is the second openly gay, partnered person to be elected bishop in the Anglican Communion.

The 2009 General Convention of the Episcopal Church affirmed, through Resolution D025, that God calls partnered gay and lesbian people to all orders of ministry in the Episcopal Church. The Chicago Consultation believes that this position is consistent with traditional Anglican polity and theology. To aid standing committees and bishops with their role in the consent process, we have published a collection of essays by eminent theologians across the Episcopal Church.

Our new publication,
God's Call and Our Response, is edited by the Rev. Dr. Ruth A. Meyers, Hodges-Haynes Professor of Liturgics at Church Divinity School of the Pacific. God's Call and Our Response includes essays by:

The Rev. Canon Gary R. Hall,
Ph.D, Christ Church Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

The Rev. Jay Emerson Johnson, Ph.D.,
Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California

The Rev. Dr. John Kater,
Professor Emeritus of Ministry Development, Church Divinity School of the Pacific

Dr. Fredrica Harris Thompsett,
Mary Wolfe Professor of Historical Theology, Episcopal Divinity School

We invite you to download God's Call and Our Response and share the link with anyone you know who might find it useful. Please also visit the Chicago Consultation's website and join us on Facebook to learn more about our work.

If you have questions, please email us at Chicago Consultation. Thank you, as always, for your prayers and support.


The Chicago Consultation

Comments (2)

The essays are helpful, but none of them reference what standing committees actually attest to in granting consent: that they know of no impediment on account of which the candidate should not be ordained. Impediment is a technical term in canon law, and I think it helpful to take that as the limit of the standing committee's role in this process.

Of course Standing Committees have been exercising a much broader role in the consent process - perhaps this needs to be made clearer through canon revision?

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