No doubt they have prepared themselves to be at the center of the storm for a while but it will be enormously costly. The first open lesbian to be ordained priest (Ellen Barrett, a former vice-President of integrity, in January 1977) was quite unprepared for the maelstrom of publicity and critical commentary and it affected her deeply. Bishop Gene Robinson may have been prepared but nonetheless continues to count the cost of being the first openly gay bishop.
Mary and Becki will be subjected to enormous pressure and public scrutiny. They need our prayers and love during the confirmation process and beyond. We give thanks for everyone who has been willing to sacrifice their own comfort in order to blaze a path for those who follow and those who are voiceless. Mary’s election gives hope to LGBT people and their friends and family across the globe. Let us not forget the cost of that hope.
Caro maintains a blog of her sermons here.