Friday, February 23, 2007

From the House of Deputies

Bonnie Anderson, president of the House of Deputies of the Episcopal Church, has issued a statement. Here is part of it:

...Our baptismal promise to seek and serve Christ in all people must be very carefully considered when we are being asked as Episcopalians to exclude some of our members from answering the Holy Spirit's call to use their God-given gifts to lead faithful lives of ministry. Our promise to strive for justice and peace and respect the dignity of all people binds us together. The Episcopal Church has declared repeatedly that our understanding of the Baptismal Covenant requires that we treat all persons equally regardless of their race, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, disabilities, age, color, ethnic origin, or national origin.

To honor all of the Primates' requests would change the way the Episcopal Church understands its role in the Communion and the way Episcopalians make decisions about our common life. Our church makes policy and interprets its resolutions and Canons through the General Convention and, to a lesser extent, the Executive Council.

As president of the 800-plus member House of Deputies, it is my duty to ensure that the voice of the clergy and the laity of our Church will be heard as the Church discusses and debates the Primates' requests and that that process will not be pre-empted by the House of Bishops or any other group. I have already begun to work toward that end...


1 comment:

  1. Writing here 'cause HaloScan won't work for me anymore...

    Well I just have to say to Leonardo Ricardo that I resonate with his repost to Dave Anderson (Nope not me by a long shot!) It breaks my heart to hear the pain in my gay and lesbain brothers and sisters.

    I continue to pray for our beloved Church - that all may be one in Christ who gave his life for us.

    Dave (not Anderson)