Lambeth Blog Directory
My partner Sissi Loftin and I are parishioners at
St Michael's Episcopal Church in Brattleboro, VT. We joined because it
was a welcoming community and the rector Thomas J. Brown is gay.
Tom Jackson's Lambeth Blog
Tom is the President of Oasis California, the LGBT Ministry of the
Episcopal c Diocese of California. He has just graduated from the Church
Divinity School of the Pacific, lives in the Bay Area with his
husband, and has been a member these Episcopal Churches: All Saints in
Ayer, MA, St, Michaels in Brattleboro, VT; Emmanuel in Baltimore, MD;
Emmanuel in Bel Air, MD; St. Andrew's in Meriden, CT; St, Paul's in New
Haven, CT; Christ Church in New Haven, CT; and St. Bede's in Menlo Park,
CA. He served as a seminarian in St. John the Evangelist in San
Francisco and on the Board of the St. Thomas Day School in New Haven.
Support Tom's pilgrimage with a donation
to Oasis California here.
'My partner, Janet Brocklehurst, and I are members of St
Michael's Episcopal Church in Brattleboro, VT where Thomas J Brown is
rector. We joined St Michael's because it was a welcoming community and
because Thomas is gay. I am a college friend of Rev. Dr. Carter Heyward
and have followed the Episcopal Church's struggles with equality since
the ordination of the Philadelphia 11.
Iím the rector of Grace Church, Middletown, NY, a
welcoming congregation with lots of kids in a small city in New Yorkís
Hudson Valley. (Check out our parish website,
gracechurchmiddletown.org, especially "The Epistle", April 2007.)
I have been out since I was a teenager (Iíve never really been
in the closet). Having been honest and upfront about my sexuality, both
throughout the ordination process and for the past 15 years of ordained
ministry, I have a very positive story to share with any who care to
listen. What I said to the Search Committee of Grace Church eleven years
ago still holds true today: Iím not a gay priest, I am a priest who is
Walters' Lambeth Blog
have been a member of the Episcopal Church for the past 25 years; the
Episcopal Church has had a profound effect on my life and faith. As a
young adult, I struggled to reconcile my sexuality and my faith. The
process of embracing both my sexuality and my spiritually was, and still
is, a process, sometimes difficult and painful. I grew to understand
that I did not need to choose between my sexuality (and choice of
partner) and my faith. As I have gotten older, I have become more open.
My partner, a UCC minister and college chaplain, and I have been
together for 12 1/2 years, and we have two wonderful boys, ages 8 and 6.
Ten years ago, in August of 1998, my partner and I were married in an
Episcopal Church. We had three Episcopal priests and a Baptist minister
participate in our ceremony. At that time, I remember reading and
hearing reports from Lambeth. It was a strange feeling to have just
celebrated our union in the Episcopal Church, surrounded by love, and
then to hear reports from Lambeth about the church and sexuality. Since
then, both our boys have been baptized in the Episcopal Church. Now, ten
years later, it feels important to be a part of this listening process,
to tell my story and story of my family. I want to feel that my family
and I are fully included in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican
Communion. I want our children to claim their Episcopal identity without
qualification or shame. I also see Lambeth as a pilgrimage for myself,
an opportunity to be open to listening and learning from others and to
grow in my own faith.
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