Saturday, May 15, 2010

Integrity Celebrates Historic Los Angeles Ordination

May 15, 2010

Integrity celebrates with the Diocese of Los Angeles and the whole church today at the ordinations of Bishop Diane Jardine Bruce and Bishop Mary Douglas Glasspool. This history making day is another important step forward toward the full inclusion of all the baptized in the work and witness of the Episcopal Church, and Integrity is honored to have been part of it.

"As we celebrate these ordinations today, we also celebrate the hard work and persistent activism of Integrity over the last 35 years," said President David Norgard. "Here in Long Beach today we are not only reaping the fruit of the work of those who have gone before us--we are planting the seeds for fuller inclusion throughout the whole church."

Also present at the festive ordination service were past-presidents of Integrity, including Bruce Garner (Atlanta), Kim Byham (Newark), and Susan Russell (Los Angeles). "As a daughter of this diocese could not be more proud that Los Angeles has responded to the call to be a headlight instead of taillight on full inclusion," said Russell. "Today the first woman Presiding Bishop in the history of the Anglican Communion ordained the first two women bishops in the history of the Diocese of Los Angeles...and the fact that one of them is a lesbian is not an 'issue' but an opportunity for us to better incarnate the wholeness of God's abundant and inclusive love."

Today is a day for celebration. And tomorrow Integrity will get back to work toward the day when the gender, orientation, identity or race of a bishop for the Church of God is no longer an "issue." For anybody. And for the time when all the sacraments will be fully available to all the baptized. For everybody.

For further information contact:
Louise Brooks, Communication Director
Integrity USA

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