US Episcopal Church vows to embrace LGBT people despite Anglican ‘punishment’
The US Episcopal Church has signalled it will not back down on LGBT equality - despite being punished by the global Anglican Communion for its policies.

Christians reacted with shock this week as the global conglomerate of Anglican churches voted overwhelmingly at a Primates meeting in Canterbury to sanction the US Episcopal Church for affirming same-sex marriage.

The US Episcopal Church has welcomed gay members for years, even appointing openly gay bishop Gene Robinson in 2003 – but provoked the wrath of hardline African churches within the Communion by voting last year to embrace equal marriage.

However, the church’s head Bishop Michael Curry has vowed not to back down on equality – even as his church was blocked from Anglican decision-making bodies and suspended from the Communion.

He told AP: “They heard from me directly that that’s not something that we’re considering,.

“They basically understand we made our decision, and this is who we are, and we’re committed to being a house of prayer for all.”

He added: “We are loyal members of the Anglican Communion, but we need to say we must find a better way. I really believe it’s part of our vocation.”

The Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu-Van Furth surrenders license to minister

The Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu-Van Furth has surrendered her license to the Anglican Church of South Africa following her marriage to her wife, Marceline. Her archbishop had been instructed to revoke her license due to her marriage, and she chose to surrender it rather than have it revoked. 

Tutu-Van Furth is the daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, one of South Africa’s most prominent apartheid activists and a staunch proponent of LGBT equality. 

In an email to the City Press, Tutu-Van Furth elaborated on her decision:

“My wife and I meet across almost every dimension of difference. Some of our differences are obvious; she is tall and white, I am black and vertically challenged. Some of our differences are not apparent at a glance; she is Dutch and an atheist, I am South African and a priest in the Episcopal/Anglican Church.

“Ironically, coming from a past where difference was the instrument of division, it is our sameness that is now the cause of distress. My wife and I are both women,” she said.

Tutu-Van Furth was married with her father’s blessing and continues to be in good standing as a priest in the US-based Episcopal Church.


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'God did not create another Adam:' Anglicans vote down same-sex marriage
The vote, she worried, was tantamount to a "death sentence" for the church.

A passionate debate on whether Anglicans should bless same-sex marriages came to a head Monday when delegates to their triennial conference narrowly voted against authorizing such unions.

The vote by General Synod 2016, which followed complaints of bullying and intimidation, sparked bitter disappointment among some members.

“It is breaking my heart that there are people who see gay marriage as a separation from God and from love,” said Eliot Waddingham, 24, a transgender person from Ottawa who was an observer.

The vote, she worried, was tantamount to a “death sentence” for the church.

More than 200 delegates to the six-day synod just north of Toronto rejected the resolution after speakers lined up to make their points, with most speaking in favour of the resolution.

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Mmm wait but let’s take this a step further!

As the King of England, this hypothetical monarch would also be the head of the Church of England as well.

Since the origins of the church make it clear that it is meant to be guided by the monarch and not the other way around, it would be a simple matter for the His Majesty the King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland, and the Levant to transform the church to be another branch of Islam. All Muslim migrants into Britain would thus be subject to the fatwas of the new Anglican Caliphate, whose head (that could also trace his lineage back to the prophet Muhammad PBUH) would also be the (rightful) Sharif of Mecca as well.

Traditionalists and Nationalists rejoice! By making the British Crown the sovereign head of all Muslims in Europe, I have solved the issue of Islamic integration into European society!

You can thank me later, but first I must take my idea to the gates of Buckingham Palace!


Rev. Mary Glasspool is second gay Episcopal bishop to be elected

The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles has elected a lesbian as assistant bishop, the second openly gay bishop in the global Anglican fellowship, which is already deeply fractured over the first.

The Rev. Mary Glasspool of Baltimore  needs approval from a majority of dioceses across the church before she can be consecrated as assistant bishop in the Los Angeles diocese.

Her victory Saturday underscored a continued Episcopal commitment to accepting same-sex relationships despite enormous pressure from other Anglicans to change their stand.

The Anglican Communion is a family of churches that trace their roots to the missionary work of the Church of England. Most overseas Anglicans are Bible conservatives.

(Full story: New York Daily News)