Primates Communique from Canterbury Jan 14 2016
As a gay man and a priest, originally from the Church of England and now in the Episcopal Church, I know what it has felt like to be marginalized. The fact that the whole Episcopal Church has been 'suspended' because it decided to stand with LGBT laity, deacons, priests and bishops, and to wrestle with how to extend the sacrament of marriage to same sex couples makes me feel even more a part of this church. We can stand together on the margins - knowing that perhaps Jesus is standing there with us inviting us to hope, reconciliation and expressions of both romantic and unconditional love that are full of integrity.
1/24/2016 01:47:59 pm
Well said, Father Matthew. We are all, progressive Anglicans and Episcopalians alike, marginalized by this "suspension." Are we supposed to feel that we've done something wrong by affirming that "all are welcome in this place" regardless of how God's sacrament of sex is kindled in us?
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From the UK, Matthew loved US culture from the first time he picked up a Fantastic Four Comic when he was 12.