Gwynne Guibord was the chief ecumenical officer for the mostly gay Metropolitan Community Churches based in Los Angeles when that position was eliminated three years ago. The MCC cleric was active in ecumenical circles, serving as president of the California Council of Churches, among other posts.
Admitting she was disheartened to lose her denominational post, Guibord said she soon began the process of becoming an Episcopal priest that culminated on January 22. Bishop Jon Bruno ordained her and 11 other candidates to the priesthood in the Los Angeles diocese.
Guibord, who holds a doctorate, has been serving the diocese for several months as its ecumenical and interreligious officer. Not only that, she was reelected last year to a second term as chair of the national Interfaith Alliance’s board of directors in Washington, D.C. In addition, she was active in the 2004 Parliament of World Religions in Barcelona and its preliminary events.