I was in Chicago today on Nashotah House's annual Church Tour. As our group was leaving one of the churches, someone pointed to a newsstand containing the Chicago Free Press, a local gay newspaper. The cover article vividly illustrated what other media reported earlier this week:
The Rev. V. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, says he and his partner of 18 years will be among the couples taking advantage of New Hampshire's soon-to-be-signed civil unions law.
Now take a look at the last few posts on this blog:
1. The Presiding Bishop says, "it has become a vocation for the Episcopal Church to keep questions of human sexuality in conversation, and before not just the rest of our own church, but the rest of the world."
2. The ex-governor of New Jersey, who had to resign from office following admission of a homosexual relationship with an aide and who is divorcing his wife, has been accepted into an Episcopal seminary.
3. The bishop of New Hampshire, whose elevation to that office, coupled with the Episcopal Church's refusal to repent for that elevation, threatens to divide the Anglican Communion, now says he will marry his partner in a civil union ceremony, once the new law in New Hampshire goes into effect.
You have to admit it has been one helluva week--though exactly how you mean that statement will depend on whether you are for these developments or opposed to them. Whatever the case, it is becoming increasingly hard to deny that Gay Rights and the Millennium Development Goals have become the new Gospel of the Episcopal Church. It is also hard to deny that the leadership of TEC probably sees all of this week's events as good publicity.