Katie Sherrod, writing at Desert’s Child, relates an experience of how her bumper stickers shared the story of the Episcopal Church:
I live in the reorganized Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth. Because the recent history of our diocese was marked by exclusionary and unwelcoming attitudes on the part of former leaders, the people of the reorganized diocese are working hard to create a diocese in which all are truly welcome – liberal, moderate, conservative, straight, LGBT, male, female, young and old. As we work our way out of the time warp that was our diocese and into the 21st. Century, our goal is to invite everyone into the life and ministries of the Church. In short, we are living out the same struggles in which The Episcopal Church has been engaged for the last several decades, albeit in smaller scale and in a much more compressed time frame.
In support of this work, like most of the people in our reorganized diocese, I have on the rear window of my car two stickers that say, “The Episcopal Church Welcomes You,” one in English and one in Spanish.
Now, back to June 19. I was driving home from my daughter’s house. I was on the new entrance ramp to I-30 from Forest Park Blvd., which locals know is now a long stretch through new road construction. As I approached the light at Summit Avenue, it changed to red. I stopped, as did the car next to me. I glanced over casually to see the driver waving frantically at me, mouthing “Lower your window!” Thinking I might have driven over something in the construction zone or that something was wrong with my car, I did so.
What follows is my best memory of an encounter that lasted only a minute or less. The young man said, “Thank you! Thank you!” I obviously looked puzzled and he said, “Thank you for your support of same sex marriage. Your church is awesome. The Episcopal Church is awesome.”
Read the whole encounter here.