LGBT Groups Witness ‘God’s Inclusive Love’: Integrity USA Achieves Its Goals at General Convention 2009

July 17, 2009

Integrity USA Achieves its Goals at General Convention 2009

The following press release is from Integrity USA. Since 1974, Integrity has been a faithful witness of God’s inclusive love to the Episcopal Church and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community by working for the full inclusion of all the baptized in all the sacraments.

ANAHEIM, CA (July 17, 2009) – The Episcopal Church turned an important corner at the General Convention held recently in Anaheim, California, and Integrity applauds the hard, faithful work of the bishops and deputies who brought us closer to the full inclusion of all the baptized in all the sacraments. We came to this convention committed to moving the church beyond resolution B033 (reopening ordination processes to all the baptized) and forward on equality for the blessing of same-sex unions – and we are beyond gratified that we have realized both of those goals.

Thirty three years after promising a “full and equal claim” to the gay and lesbian baptized, the Episcopal Church has affirmed equal access to ordination processes for all orders of ministry for all the baptized, has approved a broad local option for the blessings of our relationships, and has called the church to work together toward common liturgical expressions of those blessings.

It is a great day for the church and a greater day for the witness to God’s inclusive love.

“While Integrity’s advocacy work is not yet done,” said Integrity President Susan Russell, “the actions here in Anaheim liberate us to get on with our evangelism work – proclaiming the good news of an Episcopal Church that welcomes not only LGBT people looking for a spiritual home but ALL those seeking a faith community that shares their core values of justice, compassion, inclusion, and love.”

“We celebrate this historic movement forward and we commit ourselves to this church we love and serve to continue to witness to the good news of Christ Jesus present in our lives, our vocations, and our relationships. We call others to ‘come and see’ what we have found and seen and experienced in the Episcopal Church.”

“Integrity applauds the hard work of all our allies in this struggle and lifts up particularly the witness of our TransEpiscopal colleagues whose courageous work at this convention has been truly extraordinary. We look forward to working with all our allies as we move forward together into God’s future, giving thanks for the good work here in Anaheim that has brought us closer to that church with ‘no outcasts’ to which former Presiding Bishop Edmond Browning called us.

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