Jul 16, 2010

Board of Directors/Integrity: Honors the dedication of the Reverend Canons Andrew Rank and Barnabas Hunt, Society of St. Paul

Anglican Hero, Bishop Christopher Ssenyonjo, Uganda

St. Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego, California, gave one of the largest gifts of any congregation and city to both Integrity’s General Convention Fund and the recent tour of Bishop Christopher Ssenyonjo of Uganda.

Anglican Heros: The Reverend Canon Andrew Rank, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and The Reverend Canon Barnabas Hunt

¨...At a recent meeting of the Board of Directors of Integrity, a resolution was passed honoring the dedication of the Reverend Canons Andrew Rank and Barnabas Hunt to creating a fully inclusive church. As members of the Society of St. Paul, they joined Integrity in 1995 and have been major supporters of Integrity’s work to ensure the sacraments were available to everyone, including the ordination of LGBT candidates and the consecration of openly gay or lesbian bishops. HERE


Since hosting the first national convention on the West Coast in the early 1980s and calling for LGBT rights within the Episcopal Church, St. Paul’s Cathedral in the Bankers Hill area of San Diego has visibly campaigned against Proposition 8, and deployed its priests and clergy to go door to door in spreading a message of equality. It has also openly denounced hate crimes and false claims made by leaders of the ex-gay movement in their attempts to turn LGBT individuals straight.

The cathedral serves as a beacon for tolerance, welcoming people of every faith regardless of their sexuality. The cathedral also recently hosted the first “Believe Out Loud” workshop for Province IX and led the Bishop Christopher Senyonjo tour of the USA and Ireland.

The Award will be presented to the cathedral on Friday 16th July at the opening of the Festival in Balboa Park HERE


Same Sex Blessings to begin at The Episcopal Church diocese of San Diego

¨...But the pinnacle of the weekend was an announcement during the Rev. Canon Allisyn Thomas's sermon on Sunday. She informed us that Bishop James Mathes has given St Paul's permission to offer same sex blessings. There were many tears of joy in the congregation, as long-time couples realized that they, at last, can fully belong. (BP was singing in the summer choir, so I had to wait for the Peace to be able to sneak into the choir to hug her tight!) The details of the process are to be worked out, but the expectation is that gay and lesbian couples will be required to adhere to the same rules, policies and procedures as straight couples as far as possible. Which is as it should be.

San Diego is a large, very diverse diocese, encompassing a fairly conservative part of the state. Needless to say, it is not of one mind. The Bishop requires any parishes considering blessings to embark on a self study patterned on the Diocese-wide document on Holiness in Relationships, and then the clergy must ask his permission. I am absolutely certain that there will be parishes whose priests do not choose to participate, and for whom this decision will be met with some dismay... read it all, by IT HERE

· Thanks to Integrity, U.S.A.
· Thanks to Integrity, UGANDA
· Thanks to The Society of St. Paul
· Thanks to The Reverend Canon Barnabas Hunt
· Thanks to The Reverend Canon Andrew Rank
· Thanks to Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, Primate
· Thanks to Flickr Photo Sharing
· Thanks to St. Pauls Cathedral
· Thanks to Friends of Jake, IT, sidebar
· Thanks to Bishop Christopher Ssenyonjo, UGANDA



The ANGLICAN UN, United Nations, HUMAN RIGHTS Observer, Mrs Hellen Grace Wangusa from Uganda, has an office and staff provided by the Episcopal Church (USA) at the Church Center 815 Second Avenue, New York, 10017. The direct office line is (001) 212-716- 6263 and the email address unoffice@episcopalchurch.org

Lionel Deimel, Anglican HERO, click HERE,¨No Anglican Covenant¨


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Anonymous said...

What a treat to see you note the contributions of Andrew and Barnabas. St Paul's will have the biggest contingent in the pride parade tomorrow. More info on the Cathedral Blog!