Seeing the Washington National Cathedral sitting high over Washington, DC is awe inspiring. Anyone who’s visited the cathedral comes away with a sense of marvel at such an achievement of art and architecture. But how often to we remember that it’s more than just a building, and not some kind of museum. That it’s an active church, with an active congregation, and active church leaders, who are active in the community they serve.
Today, I’m happy to share that the church’s leaders and congregation can inspire pride and awe just as much as their beloved building.
The Rev. Dr. Mariann Budde, the ninth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington has come out in favor of Maryland’s marriage equality efforts. In an article she authored this month for the WashingtonPost.com, Rev. Budde writes, “The Bible is silent on the subject of same-gender monogamous relationships.” She says that the bible passages used to condemn homosexuals pale in comparison to those that command believers to love one another.
Budde writes, “From the convictions of my Christian faith, and in support of my gay and lesbian friends whose relationships inspire me in my marriage, I urge Marylanders to join me in supporting the marriage equality legislation currently under consideration in their state.”
Read the full post on WashingtonPost.com.
On June 18, 2011, the diocese elected the Rev. Dr. Mariann Buddeto serve as its ninth bishop. She was consecrated and installed on Nov. 12, 2011. Today, the diocese has more than 40,000 members in 88 parishes and Washington National Cathedral. It has one mission, St. Barnabas Church of the Deaf, three university chaplaincies, seven Latino congregations and a new Sierra Leonean Worshipping Community. Twenty Episcopal schools also are affiliated with the diocese, including the newly established Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys, a tuition-free school for low income boys in Anacostia.