Integrity President Comments on Joint Standing Committee Report
October 3, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Joint Standing Committee has pronounced the Response of our House
of Bishops "sufficient unto the day" and now invites the Anglican
Communion to move forward in faith in spite of our differences.
Calling for a commitment to mutual listening and conversation, the
report concludes, "It is only by living in communion what we live out
our vocation to be a Communion."
"Our bishops told us their goal in New Orleans was to be 'clear' about
where the church 'is' in their response to the rest of the Communion,"
said Integrity President Susan Russell. "They said they were doing so
in order to 'make room' for the conversations to continue and, based
on today's report, they appear to have succeeded in that effort. It
must be recognized, however, that this 'success' came at the cost of
collateral damage to the lives and vocations of the LGBT baptized who
continue to be cast as pawns in this game of global church politics."
"It is now time for our bishops to step up and put their miters where
their mouths are and proactively advocate for the inclusion of LGBT
voices in the 'mutual listening and conversation' the Communion has
committed to continue," Russell continued. "Here's what we want to be
'clear' about: we're done being talked about and we're ready, willing
and able to be talked 'to.'"
Integrity looks forward to being an integral part of that mutual
listening and conversation and later this month in London will be
working toward those goals with Anglican allies at planning meetings
in advance of next year's Lambeth Conference.
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The Rev. Susan Russell, President
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