GENERAL CONVENTION 2003


 

 

UNION OF BLACK EPISCOPALIANS:
 “We who have been rejected need not reject others”

"........We stand together at our conference at a critical time in the history of the church, as we prepare for the National General Convention of the Episcopal Church, in which we will be called upon to take a stand for justice and righteousness and support our sisters and brothers in Christ in New Hampshire in their decision to elect a Bishop who is a homosexual man in a long term committed relationship.

Many feel that this is a controversial issue on which we do not need to respond, and yet respond we must, as we remember those who felt in 1919 that the Church was not ready for a Black Bishop, as Bishop Demby was elected. There were those who felt we were not ready for a woman Bishop in 1989 when Bishop Barbara Harris was consecrated.

There are those who feel we are not ready and the Church has not spoken, and so we would rather fight than prayerfully believe that God takes those whom God has chosen and makes them worthy. We who have been rejected must not reject others, and it is our prayer that we will remember how easily people can substitute a derogatory term for Blacks, Women or Gays and Lesbians. We who have been rejected need not reject others..........."

—Sandye Wilson |National President |The Union of Black Episcopalians
—Meeting in Minneapolis, July 25-28, 2003

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