Word is circulating about in the blogosphere that The Diocese of Minnesota has a slate of three candidates its considering to replace a the retiring bishop. And--eek--two of the three candidates are women. And--gasp--one is a partnered lesbian. You can read their information here.
Had we still been in the "season" of B033, the lesbian would have been told, "Sorry, dear. This is a straights-only club." And, again, there is no guarantee that this woman will get the call. But at least she gets to be in the pool and doing interview laps with the other two candidates. And that is a very good thing.
Also good is an item that came to my attention on the whole transgender-rights issue at General Convention. The resolution... D090... asks for church application forms and other documents of the sorts to be updated and made inclusive of those who do not want to be forced into choosing "male" or "female". It also would give the applicant a chance to list which name they would like to be called, and which pronoun they prefer.
Can you believe it? This is the same Episcopal Church that has been in turmoil about recognizing the gifts of the gay and lesbian congregants and priests, and they are already running ahead of society by redesigning application forms to recognize differences in gender identity. That's revolutionary! The Church is actually a trailblazer in this category taking a step that most public and private employers haven't done yet.
Have I said it already that I am pleased and happy with my national Church?