Friday, December 04, 2009

And for the diocese in which I was confirmed - Updated: Bruce and Glasspool elected

Pray for the Episcopal
Diocese of Los Angeles

From Associated Press:
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles elected the first female bishop in its 114-year history Friday but ended voting for the day with one of two openly gay candidates still vying for the second bishop's position.

Rev. Diane M. Jardine Bruce, rector of St. Clement's-By-The-Sea Episcopal Church in San Clemente, was elected Friday at the diocese's annual convention to replace one of two retiring assistant bishops.
You may track it all here.

A prayer from Susan Russell's blog:
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose new bishops for this Diocese,that we may receive faithful pastors, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
It was in the Diocese of Los Angeles that I first attended an Episcopal Church - Holy Trinity, Covina - in fall 1971 and I have been a communicant of the Episcopal Church ever since. (Yes, I was in Baptist seminary at the time.) During my time at UCLA I attended St Alban's, Westwood, and through that parish I was confirmed by the Rt Rev Cedric Mills, Virgin Islands (ret'd), in a service at All Saints, Beverly Hills. I was called to the Cathedral Church of St Paul, the old one downtown, to lead adult formation. I have a great fondness for that diocese where my early Anglican formation took place.

May God grant them truly wonderful new suffragan bishops.

UPDATE from The Lead:
In a seven ballot election The Rev. Canon Mary D. Glasspool has been elected a suffragan bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles pending the required consents. The second woman elected bishop bishop in the diocese in as many days, she is also a partnered lesbian.

The Diocese of Los Angeles elected the Rev. Canon Diane Jardine Bruce suffragan bishop of the diocese in the first of two elections taking place in that diocese this weekend. Bruce is the first woman elected a bishop in the Diocese of Los Angeles pending the required consents.

Today's election was long and close with The Rev. Irineo Martir Vasquez (Martir) drawing considerable support from clergy and lay.

--the BB


Göran Koch-Swahne said...

Prayers ascending for the Diocese of Los Angeles!

Grandmère Mimi said...

Prayers for the delegates in the two dioceses to be guided by the Spirit.

Paul, did you continue at the Baptist seminary after your confirmation in TEC?

Paul said...

Mimi, I graduated from seminary in 1972 and was ordained at the First Baptist Church of Fresno, California. I went immediately to UCLA to study church history, did pulpit supply in the summers, and was confirmed on Thomas Sunday 1975 at which point I was automatically laicized.

susankay said...

Canon Glasspool elected as well. Double woo hoo.