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Newly elected gay Episcopal bishop: Excited about church's future

The Rev. Canon Mary D. Glasspool, newly elected bishop suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, told delegates after her election that she was excited about the future of the national church. Glasspool, 55, is the first openly lesbian priest to be elected a bishop in the Episcopal Church.

"I'm very excited about the future of the whole Episcopal Church and I see the Diocese of Los Angeles leading the way into that future. But for just for this moment, let me say again, thank you, and thanks be to our loving and supporting God, a surprising God," Glasspool told delegates to the diocese's annual convention just after they elected her on the seventh balloting for one of two open suffragan, or assistant, bishop positions.

Referring to the current church season of Advent, a time of anticipation of the birth of Christ, Glasspool said, "This is my 56th Advent and I think I finally know the meaning of the word 'wait.' " The delegates laughed. Glasspool is the church's first openly gay priest to win election to the ranks of bishops since the controversial elevation of the Rev. V. Gene Robinson in 2003.

On Friday, the convention's first day, delegates elected the Rev. Canon Diane M. Jardine Bruce, an Orange County priest, to fill the other open suffragan position in the Los Angeles diocese.

Today, as he announced the vote that gave Glasspool a majority, Los Angeles Episcopal Bishop J. Jon Bruno's voice choked with emotion. Then he joked that someone had asked whether he could work with two women as his suffragan bishops. "I have to tell you I was born from a mother’s womb and I’ve been taking orders from women ever since," he said, adding, "I can assure you I can work with two women."

After her election, Glasspool was surrounded by supporters, both gay and straight. Several wept as they embraced her.

-- Larry Stammer in Riverside
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When the Episcopal Church began ordaining homosexuals and marrying homosexuals, they gave themselves over to Satan without pretense. If you are a christian, flee from this evil organization. You are disgracing Jesus Christ by sanctioning this abomination with your presence.

In Uganda, the Anglican Church there is supporting legislation that will round up homosexuals for execution. No word from Canterbury on the pending slaughter. No word from other conservative Anglicans to lend support to prevent this horror from happening. Some European governments (where is Obama on this?) and liberal Christians have come out against the horror. But the conservatives have not. They are silent. Is an example of their brand of morality?

And the Conservative Anglicans clamor about at how immoral it is to have women or openly gay clergy. Well... Rev. Glasspool is a bit of both, isn't she, so I'm sure the conservatives will go ballistic, in the meanwhile watch and listen to their silence about what is about to happen in Uganda. And please pray and do something to stop the slaughter from happening!


Whoops, someone woke up 'brad,' who hasn't noticed that people have been blathering for millenia based on what they want others to hear. This is not at all relevant to the article. Perhaps he randomly posted his quote [complete with inability to spell 'their'] or put it on the wrong website?

Or God is enjoying the discomfort of those among us who still intend to hate.


How DO these people get around the CLEAR edicts from the New Testament? Seriously. Do they pick and choose what they will follow and what they will ignore? If so, they need to start calling themselves something other than Christians.

Before the bashing begins, let me be clear: I am not speaking about one's predilection toward one gender or another -- all of us sin in some way -- but the choice to give in to those feelings and deliberately live a blatantly sinful life.

Poor Paul. He tried so hard. But they just wouldn't see.

Looks like more defections to the orthodox and catholic church are in order. The only bright future this group have is the fires of sheol.

I'm not sure what you mean by "sound and wholesome" teaching. Sounds like code for bigotry to me.
I'm sick of hearing "wholesome and sound" hypocrites always doing knee jerk reactions to anything. And judging by the fact that with this comment there is only 2, I would guess not that many think this is a big deal.

Amen Brad. You nailed it right on the head. Come quickly Lord Jeses

How ironic that so many self proclaimed christians on this board are so hateful and quick to condemn. I think you all belong to an emerging sect of your own religion call HYPOCRISY.

"excited by the future"? as a former vestry member, and i'm sure for many more,i believe the u.s. episcopal church will now be referred to in the past tense. it can be a fine line between inclusion and delusion. if you want to belong to a church that changes the law of the church, justifying it by the conception to fit the the to match the new world order, it's just a castle made of sand.

The liberals have declared war on traditional christiaon values. My question to the sodomites is this: Was God wrong then ehen He desytroyed sodom and gommorrah?

I'm not in favor of this at all.

Everything is set forth in the Holy Bible. There are no alternate scenarios for this. Being "gay" is an affront to the laws of nature and to the church.

Episcopal denomination in US is dying, so they should start thinking what causes their denomination sinking. If they believe God of the Bible then they should fellow what the Scripture says. You don't pick 'love' in the Bible and reject 'truth' 'Jesus says, he came with full of love and truth'. My friend only love can easily sometimes compromise our principles. Sometime truth hurt us, but the truth bring us to the right directions

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