Today, there are two religions in the Episcopal Church. One remains faithful to the biblical truth and received teachings of the Church, while the other rejects them.
The Episcopal Church (USA), along with the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the United Methodist Church are probably experiencing the greatest amount of conflict over equal rights for their gay and lesbian members.
More liberal Christian denominations have already largely accepted homosexuality as simply another normal, natural, and morally neutral sexual orientation. More conservative denominations have retained the historical Christian belief. They condemn all same-sex behavior, regardless of the nature of the relationship.
The core problem is a disagreement over religious truth. In general, Anglicans consider six factors when they develop and change their religious beliefs and policies:
Specific biblical references, often literally interpreted
Actions of biblical leaders
General biblical themes -- justice, fairness, love...
Conservatives tend to stress the factors near the top of the list. Most conclude that same sex behavior is among the most serious of sins. Liberals tend to stress the bottom factors, and conclude that the three sexual orientations -- heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality -- are all morally neutral. The real sins are homophobia, and sexual acts which are unsafe, non-consensual, manipulative and/or without commitment.
Two sexually related topics are currently placing extreme stress on the Episcopal Church, USA, the Anglican Church of Canada, and the rest of the Anglican Communion:
Whether qualified gays and lesbians in committed relationships should be eligible for ordination as priests and consecration as bishops, and
whether a church ritual recognizing and blessing committed same-sex unions should be available.
What do you think?