The last seven days have been difficult ones. I know that I speak for a lot of people in the Scottish Episcopal Church when I say that we have been made to feel angry and ashamed. I stand in sorrow and solidarity with my LGBT friends who are called to ministerial vocations in the Church and who in this last week have been made to feel threatened. We are all left asking questions about what kind of church we are, what kind of church we want to be, and what kind of church we want to belong to.
I suspect that the answer is: not one that behaves like this.
It is clear that for those of us in the Scottish Episcopal Church, the fight is far from over.
But that’s for tomorrow, because marriage equality will become the law of our land at midnight tonight and that is a thing for which we must be joyful and celebrate. It has been a long journey and one that I am and will always be proud to have been on.
Through the ages, people on great journeys have stopped at important places and at decisive moments to build cairns at the roadside to which they and others can always return. Our lives consist not only in being but also in becoming — they are journeys in which we grow and are transformed. This has been a great journey that we have travelled and, in different ways, will continue to travel together. Today, we pause at a decisive and important moment for us all. We mark this decisive moment now, adding to the cairn the stones of our love, our pride, and our prayers. *
And now, one more time, all together, one, two, three:
* Adapted from the Marriage Liturgy of the Scottish Episcopal Church (2007).