What does this mean for the average person attending the Episcopal Church? Not much. Scripture will be read. Hymns will be sung. Eucharist will be served. And, in the Episcopal Church, people of all walks of life and all political opinions will be side-by-side at the Communion rail to be re-membered into the Body of Christ.
What does it do to the LGBT membership of the Episcopal Church? Well, aside from being as annoyed and pained as we had expected, it gives us a glimpse into the leadership of our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, who did not buckle and throw us under the bus or make us the sacrificial lambs on the altar of Anglican Communion "comfort."
Bishop Curry's full statement can be found HERE. Follow the link. You'll be glad you did!
As the Rev. Cn. Susan Russell so eloquently stated, "I am proud and grateful that being considered second-class Anglicans is a price we are willing to pay to treat God's beloved LGBT people as first-class Christians." Amen.