Monday, December 7, 2009

Statement from the Episcopal Women's Caucus

The Episcopal Women's Caucus rejoices in the historic election of two women as bishops suffragan in the Diocese of Los Angeles.

The Rev'd Canon Diane Bruce and The Rev'd Canon Mary Glasspool were elected in a history-making decision from a field of six excellent candidates.  Bruce was the first woman elected to the episcopacy in the history of the diocese where, just two bishops diocesan ago, women were not able to be ordained to the priesthood.  Glasspool is the first woman in The Episcopal church and Anglican Communion who is able to be honest and open about her sexual orientation.

With these two elections, the stained glass ceiling has not been shattered, but it has received a mighty crack.  We long for the day when all God's children with an authentic vocation to any of the four orders of ministry, tested and affirmed by God's people, will be able to live into God's call regardless of their gender, age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class or economic status, or physical ability.

"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus." Galatians 3:28

We offer our heartfelt thanks and praise to God and our gratitude to the people of the Diocese of LA. We pray for a swift and uneventful consent process and a joyful service of consecration.

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