When the Episcopal Church gathers in Indianapolis next week for its every-three-year General Convention, transgender inclusion will be on our "to-do" list. We'll have plenty of work to do as we support trans-inclusive resolutions that will be wending their way through our legislative process.
As an old body-surfer, I can attest that it is a scary thing to have a huge wave bearing down on you and to feel as if you are about to be tossed and turned at its pleasure without being able to do much in response to it. This wave is large, and it is growing.
The separation of church and state is certainly a major advance in human history and political theory. That said, all of us, even us bishops, have a duty and a right as citizens to engage in politics, at least by casting a vote.
Christian baptism means complete, not partial, church membership. Any kind of churchly caste system is on the shakiest theological grounds. A baptized Christian is equal to any other baptized Christian as a member of the Body of Christ.
Every year, the church reminds us to observe an intentional season of introspection during the season of Lent. Ash Wednesday follows Fat Tuesday and launches this season, urging Christians to engage self-regulation.
Speaking out on this issue, I unleashed a flurry of responses from folks who were unable to reconcile my position as a pro-choice advocate with my vocation as a priest and pastor. One commenter summed it up tersely: "What kind of religion do you represent, lady?"
We are all diminished by the reality of the situation in Haiti. Reconstruction has been painfully slow, funds promised by other nations have not yet been paid or paid in full, and many, many people still live in tents.
It appears to most of the world that in our courts parents can get away with neglect, irresponsible behavior and putting their child in the trunk of a car without any of these actions being labeled as "abuse."