I am deeply grateful for the education I received and believe I am the priest I am today because of their role model of leadership in community – religious and secular.
No diocesan bishop can tell another how to run his or her diocese. Not even our Presiding Bishop has the authority to do that – not unless the good bishop is in violation of the doctrine, discipline or canon law of The Episcopal Church. And then, there is a lengthy, complicated process to deal with that.
Why should we allow the state to tell us we can’t bless the covenants made between two people of the same gender?
So, it follows that The Episcopal Church - or any religious denomination or organization - cannot dictate our theology (or ideology) to the state nor impose our doctrine on those citizens who may believe differently than we do.
One of the marks of Anglicanism is tolerance. That can feel uncomfortable to some. As a woman who is ordained and has been in a committed relationship with another woman for 38 years – we were recently married this past August when Marriage Equality FINALLY came to Delaware (and they said it wouldn’t last) – I know how it feels to be “tolerated” in The Episcopal Church.
It’s not the best, but I can tell you one thing: it feels a far sight better than being excluded.
Finding what is true for you will be very different from what I have found to be true. That does not make you right and me wrong.
We need to understand that our unity is not dependent upon uniformity.
Neither does one freedom guarantee the right to suppress another freedom.