Monday, July 25th, 2022
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.
My siblings in Christ,
I am in London representing our diocese at Lambeth. Lambeth is the gathering of Bishops every 10 years from across the Anglican Communion called together by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The purpose of Lambeth is deep theological discussions, study, prayer and community. To build and strengthen the Body of Christ.
As you know, the Communion is important to me and I am actively involved in Communion work. I have seen how together in the name of Jesus Christ we can address and counter the pain of poverty, hunger, violence, inequality and all the “isms” that plague our world.
I was a taken aback when this past week we received information stating that we would vote on 10 Lambeth “calls” or resolutions. The Episcopal Bishops did not know we would be voting on any matters. This was to be a time of unity and relationship building.
The 10 Lambeth calls have been drafted by participants from throughout the Communion and address climate change, evangelism, and various topics of importance to the church. The call which has caused me great trouble is one entitled “human dignity.” My heart, head and faith do not allow me to support section iii in human dignity which is a reaffirmation of Lambeth’s 1998 resolution 1.10 that upholds “faithfulness in marriage between a man and a woman in life long union,” and requires deeper work to uphold the dignity and witness of LGBTQ Anglicans.
I am not a prophet, but I have a heart and love from the depth of my soul. My faith cannot support this “call.” There is no space in our church, faith or life for marginalizing or negating anyone based on their race, skin color, gender or by who they love. Love comes from God and is blessed by God. This statement divides the Body of Christ. There are no differences at the foot of the Cross.
It is my hope that I can demonstrate through my actions and presence that disagreement does not mean division or destruction. Already hearts are moving and adjustments are being made. We must show the world a better way. A way that reflects the love of Jesus Christ.
Let us hold one another deep in prayer.
The Rt. Reverend Daniel G. P. Gutiérrez
XVI Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania