Saturday, December 05, 2009
Herstory is made in LA!
It made herstory again today when it elected the Rev'd Cn. Mary Glasspool as its second woman Bishop Suffragan.
She is also the first to be able to be an honestly, open, self-affirming lesbian woman in the House of Bishops.
The field of candidates was absolutely stellar, including my dear friend, Rev'd John Kirkley of San Francisco, the Rev'd Zelda Kennedy of All Saint's, Pasadena, the Rev'd Sylvestre Romero of San Jose, CA, and the Rev'd Irineo Matir Vasquez of Hawthorne, CA.
I must say, however, that while the church would have been enormously enriched by any two of these wonderful candidates, I am, I confess, absolutely 'over the moon' that these two women have been elected to the House of Bishops to serve in the Diocese of Los Angeles.
It's been a long time since we have elected a woman to the 'junior house' - so, to elect TWO is pretty amazing. That one should be a person of God's Rainbow Tribe is, well, for me, unspeakable joy.
What a great day for the church! For our baptismal vows! For all those who really believe St. Paul when he told the church that, in our baptism in Christ Jesus, there "is no male or female, no Jew or Greek, no slave or free . . . . we are all one in Christ."
You know, I can't really say much more than that.
I can only weep great, bit, fat tears of joy- that I would live to see this day.
Oh, glory. Oh, glory.
Glory, glory Hallelujah!