The Triennial Convention of the Episcopal Church is meeting in Salt Lake City these days. Applause broke out on the legislative floor when word was received of the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage between same-gendered couples. This question has been rattling around in the Episcopal house for a long time now. The dialog about the role of people of homosexual orientation in the Church really got its head in 2003 with the consecration of a partnered gay man as Bishop of New Hampshire. Personally it launched me on a journey, theologically, liturgically, and relationally. This has been 12 years in coming, but l hear two voices sounding off quickly in my own parish in Silver City:
Yeay! Finally! This is long overdue.
Oh, no! Not this! Now they’ve gone too far!
Those who know me know that I am celebrating. I think this is a justice and equality issue and I am proud of what we have decided to do. If you have a while I can tell you how I square this with the Bible and the Christian faith.
But more than anything I hope that this can be the occasion of real equality, where each of us looks to our own responsibilities and the other’s dignities, applied equally all around. May this be an occasion where we will be more concerned with doing to others what we would have others do to us without paying undue attention to what others are doing to us. May we not miss this opportunity to treat all the same out of the fund of love we draw from deep within where our spirits and the Spirit of the God of Unconditional Love sit together in prayer.