Do read the whole letter here ... but I want to point out what struck me as what I've been waiting to hear and didn't know it until I heard it from +Tom Ely:
The response of the House of Bishops to the Primates reaffirms our commitment to the civil rights of gay and lesbian persons. This is a strongly held conviction by the bishops of our church. However, the discontinuity between this expressed commitment and the current circumstance within The Episcopal Church is both glaring and unacceptable to me. I believe we should have stated more clearly our current failure to stand on the side of complete justice and full equality for all persons in our church.
I regret that once again we made our gay and lesbian members the object of our discussion, something that by its very nature is a form of oppression. I ask for more than patience and forbearance from those so oppressed by our words and actions: I ask for forgiveness. I also ask for their continuing faithful and steadfast commitment to the mission and ministry of The Episcopal Church. Finally, I offer my apology to those who disagree and are deeply troubled by recent actions of the Episcopal Church for whom any of my words and actions have contributed to a sense of alienation or oppression. It is never my intention to treat others as objects or to act in anyway that fails to respect the human dignity of another.
I pledge to continue working for both the full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons in the life of the Episcopal Church and for the full and dynamic participation of all members of the Episcopal Church in the mission and ministry of the Anglican Communion. Either one without the other would represent to me a failure on our part to live into the fullness of God’s saving grace, glory and hope for the world. I pray that you will join me in this work.
You've got it, bishop.
And just for the record, if a few more bishops were willing to step up and honestly say, "we're sorry where we've failed ... work with us" we'd be in a lot healthier shape moving forward in faith.