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LGBT Anglican Coalition Rejoices at Los Angeles Consecrations
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A coalition of inclusive Christian groups, including Evangelical Fellowship, issued a press release concerning the
consecration of two women bishops in Los Angeles.
The press release is as follows:-
The LGBT Anglican Coalition rejoices that Diane Bruce and Mary Glasspool will be consecrated as bishops
in Los Angeles on the 15th May.
The Revd Diane Bruce and the Revd Mary Glasspool were each elected by large majorities of the laity, clergy and bishops of
the Diocese of Los Angeles. Subsequently, their elections were confirmed by clear majorities, both of the bishops with
jurisdiction in The Episcopal Church of the United States and of the standing committees of that church’s dioceses.
We rejoice that two more women will become bishops in the Anglican communion. We send them our congratulations and welcome
them as bishops with the many gifts that each will bring to the church.
We are deeply sorry that the reaction from some within the Church of England to the election of Mary Glasspool has been
A great many people within the Church of England are unequivocally supportive of The Episcopal Church in being open to the
election of bishops without regard to gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation. We pray that the Communion at large will
grow in confidence and maturity, so that it can learn to celebrate both those things which hold us together and those
things over which we disagree.
We agree with the Chicago Consultation that:
“As a bishop, she is no threat to the work of God, or to Jesus’ commandment that we love our neighbour as
Honouring the relationships and ministries of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Christians, is, in the end, the only
way in which the Anglican Communion can be faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We hope that the whole Anglican Communion
will come to acknowledge and celebrate the diversity we have among us.
We endorse the recent words of Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori addressed to the primates of the Anglican Communion
concerning Mary Glasspool’s election and confirmation:
“It represents a prayerful and thoughtful decision, made in good faith that this Church is ‘working out its salvation in
fear and trembling, believing that God is at work in us’ (Philippians 2:1213).”
Notes for Editors
1. The Anglican Coalition is here to provide UK-based Christian LGBT organisations with opportunities to create resources
for the Anglican community and to develop a shared voice for the full acceptance of LGBT people in the Anglican
2. The Coalition members are:
The Clergy Consultation
The Evangelical Fellowship for Lesbian and Gay Christians
The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement
3. For more information contact: Revd Canon Giles Goddard 07762 373 674 or the LGBT Anglican Coalition Website
Dated: 7th May 2010