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L.A.'s first two female Episcopal bishops are ordained

May 15, 2010 | 10:13 pm

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There was a moment on Saturday when even the usually unflappable J. Jon Bruno, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, held his breath.

It was the point when the 3,000 people at the Long Beach Arena were asked if anyone had any objections to the ordination of the region's first two female bishops, one of whom is the first lesbian bishop ordained by the Episcopal Church.

"I don't think there's anybody in this place who was more nervous than I was," Bruno said a short time later in his sermon.

But the moment passed in silence, and the two women — Diane Jardine Bruce and Mary Douglas Glasspool — were ordained to applause and cheers. Bruno said the church was "fuller and richer and more vital" as a result.

"Today, as we pray over these two magnificent women, bring into your hearts those things that you bear against any other human being and cast them away," Bruno told the assembly. "For we cannot be separated from each other if God is for us and with us. . . . There are no outcasts."

Bruce and Glasspool will be assistants to Bruno, a position known as suffragan. They are the 1,044th and 1,045th bishops ordained in the history of the Episcopal Church, but few previous clerical elections have attracted as much attention.

Read the full story here.

--Mitchell Landsberg

Photo: Bruce, left, and Glasspool lean on each other while the Right Rev. J. Jon Bruno, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, addresses the assembly.
See full story (Christina House / For The Times / May 15, 2010)