In preparation for the Primates Meeting, Changing Attitude, a member of ALGA, the Alliance of Lesbian and Gay Anglicans has asked all members to write a letter to the Primates expressing our prayers and concern for them when they meet on 15th and 16th October. With the help of our supporters, we hope to send a strong message to the Primates that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Anglicans care passionately about our communion and our place in an inclusive church.
Letter to all the Primates
I am writing to you as you prepare to attend the Primates Meeting in London on 15th and 16th October.
I am a lesbian/gay/bisexual/heterosexual member of one of the groups belonging to the Alliance of Lesbian and Gay Anglicans. ALGA members are baptised and confirmed, lay and ordained, faithful, orthodox, mainstream Anglicans.
I am praying for you and for the 38 Primates called together by Archbishop Rowan. The outcome of your deliberations together is of profound importance to me.
I long for the ministry and loving partnerships of lesbian and gay Anglicans to be acknowledged and welcomed in every Anglican Province.
I ask you to work and pray together for an Anglican Communion in which the diversity and difference manifest in our Provinces is valued and respected and which welcomes the presence, integrity and ministry of lesbian and gay people.
I was distressed by the withdrawal of Canon Jeffrey John from Reading. I rejoice in the confirmation of the election of Canon Gene Robinson as bishop of New Hampshire and the decision of the Bishop of New Westminster to authorise a rite for the blessing of faithful lesbian and gay relationships.
I am saddened by the threats of schism and the expulsion of the Episcopal Church in the USA which are being issued from parts of our communion. I am praying with you for justice for the poor and marginalized in every part of our communion and for all who are marginalized and oppressed through differences of culture, colour, racial and sexual identity.