The day at General Convention began with the news that the Supreme Court had affirmed marriage equality. In words of worship for the convention – planned months ago without regard to this issue – sang the words “People of God, gather together, come let us sing on this glorious day….Come let us join in the heavenly dance, praising in joyous celebration.” And sing and dance we did, to the sounds of a jazz band. For many this was a major milestone in a long hard road.
Throughout the day bishops and others released statements to their dioceses. Mine is this:
Today the Supreme Court made marriage equality the law of the land. I rejoice in this action; it gives legal support to our Episcopal baptismal promise to seek justice and respect the dignity of every human being. We commit to supporting all married couples. We also commit to engage faithful people who not agree with this action with dignity, believing that respectful civil dialogue in matters of conscience makes us all better Americans and children of God.
The question about how same sex marriage will be liturgically celebrated and recognized by the church is yet to be determined. This will be the topic of much discussion in days to come at General Convention.
Tomorrow is a very big day in the life of the church as bishops gather to elect the next presiding bishop. Bishops will gather in the context of prayer in St. Marks Cathedral for this important event. As I have said many times, any of these men will be a fine Presiding Bishop. All of them will continue to be exemplary leaders in the church what ever role they play.