Jim Steadman, Chancellor and Deputy from the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania spoke in favor of same-sex marriage at General Convention. Below he recreated what he said with the caveat that his notes from speaking had been prepared, deleted, scribbled on and had arrows drawn all over them….
[Previous commenters had repeatedly remarked that it had been 39 years since the Church said that homosexual persons are children of God who have a full and equal claim with all other persons upon the love, acceptance and pastoral concern of the church.]
39 years is a long time. It has been 39 years since we recognized the integrity of our gay brothers and sisters. That is two generations; my grandparents and parents have died in that time and my children and grandchildren have been born.
During the hearings on this matter the committee repeatedly heard that God is working his purpose out and will continue to do so with us or not. Interestingly, in today’s Center Aisle we have a similar comment from a priest in the Church of England, who said “Mission is finding out what God is doing and joining in.”
God is doing something now.
We – all of us in this room – have prayed weekly for strength and courage to do the work God has given us to do.
Now is the time. This is the work.
I urge the members of this house to take that strength and courage and vote for this Resolution.