|Presiding Bishop’s Pride Month statement honors LGBTQ EpiscopaliansEpiscopal Church Office of Public AffairsPosted 4 hours ago||Back to Press Releases|
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry today offered the following statement:
Jesus said: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)
In my years of ministry, I have personally seen and been blessed by countless LGBTQ sisters, brothers and siblings. Dear friends, the church has in like manner been blessed by you. Together with many others you are faithful followers of Jesus of Nazareth and his way of love. You have helped the church to be truly catholic, universal, a house of prayer for all people. You have helped the church to truly be a reflection of the beloved community of God. You have helped the church to authentically be a branch of the Jesus movement in our time.
Your ministries to and with this church are innumerable. I could speak of how you often lead our vestries, and other leadership bodies in the church. I could speak of how many of you organize our liturgies of worship, lift our voices in song, manage church funds, teach and form our children as followers of Jesus, lead congregations, ministries and dioceses. But through it all and above it all, you faithfully follow Jesus and his way of love. And in so doing you help the church, not to build a bigger church for church’s sake, but to build a better world for God’s sake.
During June, Americans and people around the world observe Pride. Today, as we mourn the 49 people who were murdered at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando three years ago, I am mindful that Pride is both a celebration and a testament to sorrow and struggle that has not yet ended. Especially this month, I offer special thanks to God for the strength of the LGBTQ community and for all that you share with your spouses, partners and children, with your faith communities, and indeed with our entire nation.
This is the first open statement by a national leader of the anglican Communion to acknowledge the legitimate place of the LGBTQ community in the Church under his jurisdiction.
TEC has been at the leading edge of welcoming the intrinsically ‘different’ people whose innate gender/sexual identity does not conform to the majority heterosexual pattern, thus giving us/them the opportunity to rejoice in our fellowship with other Christians of minority status in the Church.
Thank God for TEC’s Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, who has set the pace for our Church’s freedom from institutional sexism and homophobia.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand