The Rev. Ed. Bacon is rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, a congregation known for its radical inclusion of all who seek to participate in the community of Christ's Body. Fr. Ed was on Oprah last week, and I admit that I record Oprah every day. I was really excited to see an Episcopal priest on Oprah, and though I didn't watch every minute of this episode, I did watch all of Fr. Ed's comments! I was thrilled when he said "being gay is a gift from God." It's such a clear statement of how he - and I - understand God's activity in the lives of God's people, and not just straight people.
Of course, not every one was so thrilled. So, Fr. Ed was on again today to explain what he meant - which was exactly what he said! No apology. No backpeddling!