PB writes fellow primates regarding bishop-elect Glasspool

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has written her fellow Anglican primates regarding the upcoming consecration of bishop-elect Mary Glasspool. The letter is posted at the Diocese of East Tennessee website, and reprinted below:


March 2010

My dear brothers in Christ:

I write you because of developments in The Episcopal Church, about which you will soon hear and read. As you all know, the Diocese of Los Angeles elected two suffragan bishops in December, and the consent process for those bishops has been ongoing since then. One of those bishops-elect is a woman in a partnered same-sex relationship.

At this point, she has received consent from a majority of the bishops with jurisdiction, and a majority of the standing committees of this Church. According to our canons, I must now take order for her consecration. I will do so, and anticipate that both bishops-elect will be consecrated at the same service on 15 May. It has been my practice, since I took office, to preside at the consecration of new bishops, and I intend to do so in this case as well.

It may help you to know that our House of Bishops will continue to discuss these issues at our meeting later this month. The papers we discuss will be available publicly following that meeting, and we will endeavor to see that you receive copies. I would encourage you to engage in conversation any bishops whom you know in this Church, particularly those you came to know at Lambeth, whether in Bible study or Indaba groups.

Know that this is not the decision of one person, or a small group of people. It represents the mind of a majority of elected leaders in The Episcopal Church, lay, clergy, and bishops, who have carefully considered the opinions and feelings of other members of the Anglican Communion as well as the decades-long conversations within this Church. It represents a prayerful and thoughtful decision, made in good faith that this Church is ‘working out its salvation in fear and trembling, believing that God is at work in us’ (Philippians 2:12-13).

I ask your prayers for this Church, for the Diocese of Los Angeles, and for the members of the Anglican Communion. This part of the Body of Christ has abundant work to do, and God’s mission needs us all.

If you have questions about this decision or process, I would encourage you to contact me. I would be glad to talk with you.

I pray that your ministry may continue to be a transformative blessing to many. I remain

Your servant in Christ,

Katharine Jefferts Schori

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5 Comments
  1. tgflux

    Wonderful letter. Not a thing I would change (well, except the attitudes on the part of some on the receiving end of the letter, I suspect!)

    JC Fisher

  2. Maybe someday she will be able write Dear Brothers and Sisters – wouldn’t that change things!

  3. tobias haller

    Actually, Ann, I long for the day when such letters will no longer be needed!

  4. Dä'ved Äyan

    It has to be the work of the Spirit because Ann+ and Tobias+ posted both of my first two thoughts after reading this!

    A hearty “You go girl!” to +Katharine.

  5. deirdregood

    I am hoping that the Presiding Bishop of the ELCA Bishop Mark S. Hanson will also be there. Remember Bishop Krister Stendahl at the consecration of Bishop Gene Robinson standing next to the then Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold?

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