Rev Sharon Ferguson, Chief Executive of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (LGCM) has enthusiastically welcomed the news that on 17 March the Episcopal Church confirmed the appointment of Canon Mary Glasspool as the global Anglican Church’s first openly lesbian Bishop.
Canon Mary Glasspool, 56, was elected to the position of suffregan (assistant) bishop at the end of 2009 in the Diocese of Los Angeles, California within the Episcopal Church.
Rev Sharon Ferguson said: “We were thrilled when Mary Glasspool was elected last year. After such an election a process takes place in which the church as a whole has to confirm this decision. It was our prayer that wisdom, maturity and justice would guide this process. Our prayers have been answered and we are thrilled by the outcome. The Episcopal Church have demonstrated a commitment to the inclusive gospel of Christ and have recognised the qualities, experience and deep Christian faith which have characterised Mary Glasspool’s ministry thus far.”
Bishop-elected Mary Glasspool issued a statement in which she said: “I am profoundly grateful for the many people – in Los Angeles, in Maryland, and around the world – who have given their prayers, love, and support during this time of discernment. I am also aware that not everyone rejoices in this election and consent, and will work, pray, and continue to extend my own hands and heart to bridge those gaps, and strengthen the bonds of affection among all people, in the Name of Jesus Christ. “
LGCM echoes these sentiments and hopes that even those who find this to be a decision they cannot accept will join with her in furthering the cause of the gospel in a hurting world.