But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house, I will bow down toward your holy temple in awe of you. Psalm 5:7
To our sisters and brothers in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion:
In their Communiqué of February 19, 2007, the Primates of the Anglican Communion laid out steps to be taken by the Episcopal Church, specifically by the House of Bishops, by September 30, 2007. As lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender members of the Episcopal Church and heterosexual supporters of full and equal participation for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender people in the church, we do not agree as to the course of action the Episcopal Church should take in response to the Primates’ Communiqué.
We agree that:
* The Episcopal Church must understand what is being asked of it—especially in terms of its lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender members.
* The Episcopal Church needs to know who its lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender members are in order to know who is being asked to pay the price of unity in the Anglican Communion.
* Until lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender members of the Episcopal Church have full and equal access to all the sacraments and rites of the church, lesbians/gays/bisexuals/transgendered people are essentially second-class members of the Episcopal Church.
We acknowledge that:
* No matter what course of action the Episcopal Church decides to take, faithful Episcopalians will feel it necessary to leave the Episcopal Church.
* Some of us may be among those who leave the Episcopal Church.
* There are lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender people who live in places where making themselves visible is unsafe and even life threatening.
* We affirm the presence in the church of our lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender sisters and brothers who preceded us, giving of themselves and their gifts while remaining invisible as lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender people.
UPDATE: Greg Griffiths over at "Stand Firm" is taking great umbrage at this initiative. Entitled "Tears of the Clowns" his reflection includes:
The gay pity party has really got to stop. It has gone from silly, to ridiculous, and now to downright offensive, because it so arrogantly trivializes the true suffering for the faith that goes on around the world every day. Stop it. You're not being asked to pay any price the rest of us aren't being asked to pay. All that's being asked of you is what's being asked of us: That you read your Bible, acknowledge your sins, and meet us at the foot of the cross where we repent and ask for forgiveness. Your constant whining about how much you're suffering, and your insistence on placing yourselves alongside history's most persecuted peoples, is a silly, fey joke that has ceased to be funny.
I guess as a selective literalist he can select to skip the "bear each other's burdens" part of what I was raised to understand was part of our call as Christians. And from venturing into Stand Firm Land for awhile now I know the "respect the dignity of every human being" part of the baptismal covenant the rest of us embrace is not part of the reasserter lexicon. I've quit wondering how ugly it can get over there -- but I do wonder a bit that I can still be surprised by the venom and polemic.