WHY I’M EMBRACING THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH

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The Episcopal Church has had its hands slapped, badly. Long known for its outspoken support of women’s rights and racial justice, the church is being punished by the world-wide Anglican Communion of which the Episcopal Church is a member. The crime: affirming same-sex marriage.

The three-year censure, during which the Episcopal Church will have no say in church matters, has been interpreted by some as a time for the church to repent for its gay rights stance. This is not going to happen, according to Episcopal Church Bishop Michael Curry. “Many of us have committed ourselves and our church to being ‘a house of prayer for all people,’ as the Bible says, where all are truly welcome,” says Curry.

In this day and age, such statements are honest and courageous affirmations of faith.

Here’s My Take: Faith in the God that led the Israelites out of slavery is the same faith that requires us to affirm movements that liberate, that create hope, that allow people to live full and authentic lives, whether women’s rights, civil-rights or gay rights. For this reason, I’m embracing the Episcopal Church, bruised hands and all.

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