T.E.C. Presiding Bishop on LGBT rights

Presiding Bishop on LGBT rights

The Episcopal Church
Office of Public Affairs

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has issued the following statement on LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered) rights:

 

The Episcopal Church has been clear about our expectation that every member of the LGBT community is entitled to the same respect and dignity as any other member of the human family.  Our advocacy for oppressed minorities has been vocal and sustained.  The current attempts to criminalize LBGT persons and their supporters are the latest in a series, each stage of which has been condemned by this Church, as well as many other religious communities and nations. 

Our advocacy work continues to build support for the full human rights and dignity of all persons, irrespective of gender, race, national origin, creed, sexual orientation, physical and mental ability or inability.  To do less is effectively to repudiate our membership in the human community.  No one of God’s children is worth less or more than another; none is to be discriminated against because of the way in which she or he has been created.  Our common task is to build a society of justice for all, without which there will never be peace on earth.  Episcopalians claim that our part in God’s mission is to love God fully, and to love our neighbors as ourselves.  That means all our neighbors.

 

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori

Presiding Bishop and Primate

The Episcopal Church

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What an excellent statement by Bishop Katharine, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church in the U.S. (TEC). Compared with the Primates of other Anglican Provinces of the Anglican Communion – all of them male – this feisty woman bishop is keen to set the record straight about the duplicity of the Churches in their attitude towards Christians who happen to be Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual or Trans-gendered – in this new age, when the evidence for a ‘no-fault’ basis for being LGB or T is compellingly obvious.

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand.

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About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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2 Responses to T.E.C. Presiding Bishop on LGBT rights

  1. Brian Ralph says:

    Yes, we can be very thankful to God for the Episcopal Church of the USA and the Presiding Bishop. I am only waiting until the General Synod in May of the Church of Aotearoa/New Zealand. There have been too many years of discussions and committees. I doubt I will be able to remain a member of one of the few organisations left discriminating against homosexualswithin New Zealand if the members of synod cave into the demands of the ‘sola scriptura’ mob.
    I view with alarm the invitation under the auspices of CMS to members of the Church in Kenya to visit and preach in our churches before Easter in some sort of reverse evangelism which I find bizarre. I regret my support of CMS in my early years and will not even be present in church services if these people are preaching.

    • kiwianglo says:

      I share your concern, Brian, if indeed anyone from the Church in Kenya were to be invited to preach in our Churches here in Aotearoa/New Zealand, with any sort of anti-gay agenda in the offing. However, such an event would not make me cut off my relationship with ACANZP, which, I am pretty sure, will never subscribe to the homophobia of GAFCON.

      Jesus, mercy; Mary, pray.

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