Anaheim, Ca., July 17, 2009--The Chicago Consultation released this
statement from its co-convener, Ruth Meyers, at the close of the 76th
General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Anaheim, California. Meyers is
a deputy from the Diocese of Chicago and is the Hodges Haynes Professor of
Liturgics at Church Divinity School of the Pacific:
During the past ten days, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church has
worshiped, prayed, and worked to discern God's will for our common life. Our
time together has been filled with generosity, honesty, and the blessings of
the Holy Spirit.
The Chicago Consultation is particularly grateful to the four Anglican
primates who attended the meeting as our guests: The Most Rev. Philip
Aspinall, Primate of Australia; the Most. Rev. Solomon Jongmo Yoon, Primate
of Korea; the Most Rev. Idris Jones, Primus of Scotland (retired); and the
Most Rev. Nathaniel Makoto Uematsu, Primate of Japan. We are also thankful
for the Convention's many international visitors, guests of House of
Deputies President Bonnie Anderson, who participated in Chicago Consultation
At this General Convention, we have both advanced mission relationships in
the Anglican Communion and opened the way for gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender people in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion to
realize fully the promises of their baptism. We celebrate the progress we
have made toward full inclusion of all baptized people in God's church and
pray that the Spirit will continue to bless the Episcopal Church's mission
and relationships across the Anglican Communion.
Now the work begins. Thanks to two key General Convention resolutions, D025
and C056, the Episcopal Church has a fresh opportunity to strengthen
Anglican Communion relationships, deepen our understanding of the
discernment process by which God calls us all to ministry, and explore
together how we can enrich our common life by blessing same-gender unions.
We pray that all Episcopalians, no matter their opinions on specific
legislation or issues, will go forward from Anaheim in the spirit of our
time together and use the opportunities presented by this General Convention
to unite our church in a renewed commitment to Gospel mission.
The Chicago Consultation, a group of Episcopal and Anglican bishops, clergy
and lay people, supports the full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender Christians in the Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican
Communion. We believe that our baptismal covenant requires this.
The Chicago Consultation believes that, like the church's historic
discrimination against people of color and women, excluding GLBT people from
the sacramental life of the church is a sin. Through study, prayer and
conversation, we seek to provide clergy and laypeople across The Episcopal
Church and the Anglican Communion with biblical and theological perspectives
that will rid the church of this sin.