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A series of essays in the Episcopal Church


Robert C. Melucci's Letter to the Presiding Bishop

Robert C. Melucci
2053 Waverly Street
Philadelphia PA 19146-1342 USA
rcmelucci@verizon.net

28-Feb-07

The Most Rev. Katherine Jefferts Schori
PRESIDING BISHOP of the Episcopal Church USA
815 Second Avenue
New York City, NY 10017

In Response to your Communiqué following the Meeting of the Anglican Communion Primates, February 15 to 19, 2007

I am deeply saddened by your acquiescence to the recommendations of the Primates of the Anglican Communion, meeting in Tanzania. Acceptance of these recommendations would require the Episcopal Church, in effect, to undo decades of hard work toward full inclusion in the Church for all persons.

Full inclusion has been repeatedly affirmed by resolutions of General Convention. The governance of the Episcopal Church is one of shared decision making among the laity, priests, deacons and bishops. The House of Bishops does not make binding, final decisions about the governance of the Church.

Our baptismal promise to seek and serve Christ in all people must be considered when we are being asked to exclude some of our members from complete participation in the Body of Christ. Our promise to strive for justice and peace and respect the dignity of all people would, in effect, become meaningless.

As a gay man, I have been in a committed relationship for thirty years. The Episcopal Church has been my spiritual home for most of that time. If the Episcopal Church accepts the prohibitions, I could no longer remain an Episcopalian.

I hope and pray that there continues to be a place for everyone in the Episcopal Church, and in so far as the Law of God allows, the Anglican Communion.

__{signed]_____________: Parishioner, Trinity Memorial Church, Philadelphia
cc. Charles Bennison, Bishop of Pennsylvania
Vestry Members, Trinity Memorial Church


You are welcome to submit your essays for consideration for this series. Send them to lcrew@newark.rutgers.edu Identify yourself by name, snail address, parish, and other connections to the Episcopal Church. Please encourage others to do the same.

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