Most deputies shared stories of the effect of that resolution on their friends and parishes. LGBT people experienced it as the door swinging shut once again and clergy had difficulty explaining how the Episcopal Church could really Welcome You if LGBT people are only welcome so far. One deputy quoted from Acts 10 - the reading we’ll hear at tonight’s Integrity Eucharist - where Peter says that we should not call anyone profane or unclean. That, he claimed, was the actual effect of B033.
Several deputies argued for more time, more time to continue the conversations with those who cannot agree with LGBT inclusion. They noted that the Church has not officially said that monogamous same sex relationships are a ‘wholesome example’ of Christian living, that we should not change too fast or out of step with the wider Church. For some B033 had provided a cease-fire in the midst of great conflict, and they asked for a longer period for healing.
One deputy acknowledged the fear that the full inclusion of LGBT people in the leadership of the Episcopal Church would shatter the Anglican Communion, but that our ‘bonds of affection’ have begun to choke us. How long he asked must we watch the fruit wither on the vine? ‘Help me understand,’ he begged, how long must we wait because of provinces of the Communion which actively support the persecution of LGBT people? A deputy from Hawaii reminded us that Jesus caused a schism in the Jewish community, and called the Church to live with the difficult teachings of Jesus. Will we continue, he asked, to sacrifice for the promise of a false unity with those who want nothing to do with us?
It is immoral, said another, for us to pick out one group and sacrifice them…
Caroline Hall for IntegrityUSA