Episcopalians sidestep crisis

New bishop supports gay rights
The Episcopal Church sidestepped a potential crisis early this month when a married father of two was elected bishop of San Francisco over three openly gay contenders. The winner, however, was no less supportive of gay rights in the church.

Mark Handley Andrus, 49, of Alabama won a seven-person race May 6 that drew national attention just weeks before homosexual issues come to a boil again at the mid-June U.S. Episcopal convention in Columbus, Ohio.

Speaking by phone to diocesan delegates at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral after the vote, Andrus promised to maintain support for full involvement of gay Christians in the church—a position that has not been popular during his ministry in Birmingham, where he was an assistant bishop.

 

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