Is <title>Breaking Up Is Hard by Doug LeBlanc

Breaking Up Is Hard

The Indecisive Debate about Homosexuality in the Episcopal Church

by Doug LeBlanc

Every three years the Episcopal Church convenes a General Convention, which—with more than 800 deputies and up to 300 bishops—it claims is the world’s largest legislative body.

A General Convention consists of 10 hectic days of debating and voting on reams of legislation. This year’s convention is scheduled for July 16–25 in Philadelphia.

The conventions lock some Episcopalians into perennial three-year cycles of roller-coaster morale. Many who think of leaving the Episcopal Church for Roman Catholicism or Orthodoxy adopt a “wait and see” stance, expecting that the next General Convention will act decisively enough to send them to . . .