|I presented Bishop Browning with the Louie Crew award on behalf of Integirty, |
assisted by The Rev. Elizabeth Kaeton (l) and The Rev. Susan Russell (r.)
After his election at the 1985 General Convention, Bishop Browning said these now famous (or infamous, depending on your perspective) words, "This church of ours will be open to all; there will be no outcasts."
Those words gave me courage. Those words gave me hope. Those words kept me in the church and shaped any ministry in which I have been engaged. My gratitude for them has no bounds, and for the man. He wasn't perfect and there were some difficult times during his tenure, and many of us were disappointed that he did not help the church go faster on gay and lesbian inclusion. On the other hand, we absolutely would not be where we are today without him and his partner in ministry, Pamela Chinnis, President of the House of Deputies.
|Bishop Browning after consecrating Bishop Harris.|
His heart was open to so many. The church's heart opened a great deal during his time with us. It was painful at times, and I have never been able to imagine how costly to him, but he bore it and helped us bear it.
May he rest in peace and rise in glory.