The consents continue to come in for the election of the Reverend Canon Mary Glasspool as a Bishop Suffragan here in the Diocese of Los Angeles -- and as the 17th woman elected as a bishop in The Episcopal Church. (The Reverend Canon Diane Bruce having been the 16th.)
Today's report on the diocesan website is that we only need ONE more Standing Committee consent to achieve the necessary majority.
And while the exact number of consents received by the bishops with jurisdiction is known only by the Presiding Bishop's office, at this point what we DO know "anecdotally" is that MOST bishops and standing committees are coming out in alignment.
And while (of course) it isn't over-until-it's-over, I can tell you there is a heightened sense of anticipation and excitement here in L.A. as we are "waiting to exhale" with the whole church poised to say "Amen" to what the Holy Spirit did in our electing convention in December.
So I invite your continued prayers for the consent process and for the Diocese of Los Angeles as we prepare for the ordination of two new bishops on May 15th in Long Beach. AND prayers of thanksgiving for the dawn of a new era of mission and ministry for the whole church ... poised to put "the inclusion wars" behind us and move forward into God's future proclaiming the Good News of God in Christ Jesus made available to ALL!