With the election of a non-celibate lesbian priest as Bishop Suffragan, the Diocese of Los Angeles has demonstrated its belief that membership in an international communion of churches is less important than unilaterally proceeding with an agenda of sexual liberation. We believe that this action is contrary to the best interest of the Episcopal Church and the health of the wider Anglican Communion. Where restraint has been respectfully requested by the leadership of the Communion, this action by the Diocese of Los Angeles is provocative, defiant and uncharitable.
We wish to distance ourselves from this action and urge our bishops and standing committees, as well as those of all the dioceses, to withhold consent for the consecration of the Bishop Suffragan-elect of the Diocese of Los Angeles.
The Communion Partners Advisory Committee
The Rev. Dr. Charles Alley; St. Matthew’s, Richmond
The Rt. Rev. Anthony J. Burton; Church of the Incarnation, Dallas
The Very Rev. Anthony Clark; The Cathedral of St. Luke, Orlando
The Rev. Stuart Brooks Keith; Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, Vail
The Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, St. Martin’s, Houston
The Rev. R. Leigh Spruill, St. George’s, Nashville