The Guardian reports this today: Lesbian priests to lead church service on eve of Anglican summit.
LGBT+ campaigners will hold a church service led by two high-profile married lesbian priests on the eve of the Lambeth conference, a once-a-decade assembly of Anglican bishops from around the world that is expected to be dominated by conflicts over sexuality and marriage.
The move is likely to rile conservative bishops who maintain that homosexuality is a sin.
An “inclusive” eucharist at a church in Canterbury will be presided over by the Rt Rev Mary Glasspool, an assistant bishop in New York. The preacher will be the Rev Canon Mpho Tutu van Furth, a daughter of Desmond Tutu, the veteran South African anti-apartheid campaigner.
The service is intended to send a strong message to up to 1,000 bishops from 165 countries who are due to gather at the University of Kent at the end of July for almost two weeks of prayer and discussion about issues facing the worldwide Anglican church…
The press release about this is copied below.
The Telegraph has now covered this too:
First married lesbian bishop to lead service ahead of global Anglican summit to protest ban on gay partners
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – MARCH 4TH 2020
FIRST MARRIED LESBIAN BISHOP AND DESMOND TUTU’S DAUGHTER TO CELEBRATE “INCLUSIVE EUCHARIST” AHEAD OF LAMBETH CONFERENCE.
Two high profile same-sex married Anglican priests have been invited by a group of UK Christian organisations to lead an “Inclusive Eucharist” that is to be live-streamed on Saturday 25th July in Canterbury.
The Rt. Revd Mary D. Glasspool, Assistant Bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of New York, will preside and the Revd Canon Mpho Tutu van Furth, an Episcopal priest now living in Holland, will preach at the service.
Speaking about the importance of welcoming all, Revd Canon Tutu van Furth said:
“Welcome and hospitality are prized values of the Middle Eastern heritage of our Christian tradition. We want every person who joins us in worship to know to the very fibre of their being that they are welcome.”
Bishop Glasspool explained the need for such a service, commenting:
“It is an honour and a privilege to be a part of this “Inclusive Eucharist,” in which we say to all people everywhere: You are loved by our Loving God and welcome at Christ’s table. Like others, I initially queried the use of the phrase “Inclusive Eucharist”, given that all eucharistic celebrations are, of their very essence, inclusive. However, I am aware that there are sadly many places in the world where this is not yet the case. I hope that, in some small way, this celebration can be a part of changing that.”
The service is being organised by a group of inclusive UK Christian organisations, including the Campaign for Equal Marriage, Inclusive Church, OneBodyOneFaith, the Ozanne Foundation and Women and the Church (WATCH). It will be held at a church in Canterbury on the eve of the main service for the Lambeth Conference in Canterbury Cathedral. Due to an expected high demand, entrance will be by ticket only, however the service will also be live streamed.
NOTES FOR EDITORS