Target: Katherine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church
Goal: Applaud the Episcopal Church for installing its first ever African American Bishop.
The Episcopal Church has faced backlash from its members over controversial issues. However in recent years, the church has ignored the backlash from its members and instead focused its attention on modernizing the church and its image. In 2003, the church ordained its first openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson. The Church’s current presiding bishop is a woman, who is also the first female primate in the Anglican Communion. The Church has recognized issues as they come with the modernization of the religion, even removing the confederate flag from its stained glass windows in support of the termination of the flag’s use due to its offensive message.
Despite the repercussion from the Church’s members (membership has gone down 20% since the installment of the first openly gay bishop), the Church remains persistent on opening their doors to those of all races, gender and sexual orientation. On top of the other actions, the Church has taken to be non-prejudiced; it recently installed the denomination’s first ever African American presiding bishop, Michael Bruce Curry. This is substantial considering how far the church has come on racial issues. During Bishop Curry’s first speech to the Church’s members, he mentioned the story of a young African American couple who visited the Episcopal church in the 1940s. After the woman was offered the same drinking cup as her caucasian counterparts, the Church went into uproar, its members shocked at the occurrence.
Opening the Church’s doors to all people with no discrimination sends shockwaves into the religious communities about equality. Sign this petition and praise the Episcopal Church for the installment of the first African American presiding Bishop.
Dear Bishop Schori,
I am writing you today because I am extremely impressed with your church’s installment of its first ever African American Bishop. Bringing the first African American Bishop on board with your Church sends shockwaves through the religious community and expresses a message of equality rather than discrimination. Despite backlash from the Church’s members, over the years it has installed women, openly gay and now African American Bishops.
While Michael Bruce Curry, the newest Episcopal Church’s Bishop, was giving his first ever speech to the member of the Church, he brought up a significant story. He told the members of the Church about a young African American couple who entered the Episcopal Church in the 1940s and sent the church into uproar after drinking out of the same glass as the other caucasian members. Mentioning this past occurrence he spoke of the change brought upon the Church and how it has adapted and modernized with the times to bring equality to the religion. These changes are huge steps towards equality in our society.
I applaud you for bringing on the new Bishop and encourage you to continue to take substantial steps towards equality in the religious community.
[Your Name Here]
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