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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Integrity Applauds Nominations in the Episcopal Diocese of California 20 February 2006 Integrity is pleased by the wonderful diversity of
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      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      Integrity Applauds Nominations in the Episcopal Diocese of California
      20 February 2006

      Integrity is pleased by the wonderful diversity of the nominees for
      the next bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California-including both
      a gay man (the Very Rev. Robert Taylor) and a lesbian woman (the Rev.
      Bonnie Perry). It was inevitable that another gay/lesbian person
      would eventually be nominated to the episcopacy. Whether or not
      Robert or Bonnie is elected by the Diocese of California, it is
      inevitable that another gay/lesbian person WILL eventually be elected,
      confirmed, and consecrated to that order of ministry as the Episcopal
      Church continues to live into its call to fully include all of the
      baptized into the Body of Christ.

      The job of the diocesan search committee was to nominate the best
      possible candidates-and they have certainly done so. All of the
      nominees are well qualified to be a bishop.

      The awesome task now before the convention of the Diocese of
      California is to choose the right person from among the nominees to be
      their bishop. They must elect a bishop whom they believe will best
      meet the needs of their diocese in the coming years.

      Regardless who is elected to be the Bishop of the Diocese of
      California, it will be the responsibility of the General Convention of
      the Episcopal Church to give or withhold consent to that election when
      it meets this June in Columbus. As it has in the past, Integrity
      expects General Convention to follow canonical procedures to the
      letter-giving consent to the bishop-elect if there is no justifiable
      impediment to his/her consecration. The canons clearly state that,
      "No one shall be denied rights, status or access to an equal place in
      the life, worship, and governance of this Church because of race,
      color, ethnic origin, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual
      orientation, disabilities or age."

      We realize that some of our brothers and sisters in other provinces of
      the Anglican Communion will be dismayed by Robert and Bonnie's
      nomination and, perhaps, regard it as deliberate disregard for the
      Windsor Report. However, it must be remembered that the Windsor
      Report is a set of recommendations with no binding authority. Both
      the Diocese of California and the Episcopal Church must discern and
      obey the will of God as faithfully as they know how-even if doing so
      in not consonant with the understanding of other
      members of our communion.


      (The Reverend) Susan Russell, President
      president@...
      714-356-5718 (mobile)
      626-583-2740 (office)


      Doug Ball, Executive Secretary
      info@...
      800-462-9498

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