Kirkley named nominee for suffragan bishop of Los Angeles

Posted on August 2, 2009

The Rev. John Kirkley[August 2, 2009] The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles today announced a slate of six nominees for two suffragan bishop positions to be filled by election at their diocesan convention on December 4 – 5, 2009. Among the nominees is the Rev. John Kirkley, rector of St. John the Evangelist in San Francisco.

“It is a privilege to be included with colleagues who represent the vitality, diversity and vision of this unique diocese,” Kirkley wrote in a statement released today.

The other nominees are:

  -- The Rev. Canon Diane M. Jardine Bruce , rector, St. Clement's by-the-Sea Church in San Clemente, California;

  -- The Rev. Canon Mary Douglas Glasspool , canon to the bishops in the Baltimore-based Diocese of Maryland;

  -- The Rev. Zelda M. Kennedy , senior associate for pastoral care and spiritual growth, All Saints Church in Pasadena, California;

  -- The Rev. Silvestre E. Romero , rector, St Philip's Church in San Jose, Califorinia (Diocese of El Camino Real); and

  -- The Rev. Irineo Martir Vasquez , vicar, St. George's Church in  Hawthorne, California.

Kirkley, who lives with his husband Andrew Aldrich and their son Nehemiah in Oakland, as well as Glasspool who is partnered in a same-sex, committed relationship, are proof of a commitment that follows the passage of resolution D025 at the 76th General Convention held last month in Anaheim, California. D025 reaffirms The Episcopal Church’s commitment to the Anglican Communion while stating that “the baptized membership of The Episcopal Church includes same-sex couples living in lifelong committed relationships "characterized by fidelity, monogamy, mutual affection and respect, careful, honest communication, and the holy love which enables those in such relationships to see in each other the image of God".” It goes on to say “that God has called and may call such individuals, to any ordained ministry in The Episcopal Church.”


Further sign that The Episcopal Church is living into D025 was yesterday’s nomination of the Rev. Bonnie Perry to the slate for bishop of the Diocese of Minnesota. Members of the Diocese of California will remember Perry, a partnered lesbian, as one of the nominees in California’s 2006 episcopal slate that resulted in the election of the Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus as bishop.

The first opportunity for Episcopalians in the Diocese of Los Angeles to meet the nominees will be at a day-long forum on Saturday, September 19. The slate of six nominees is a fixed slate and cannot be amended by petition or added to by nominations “from the floor.”

Statement from the Rt. Rev. J. Jon Bruno
Bishop Diocesan of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles

"I give thanks for the hard work of the Search and Nominating Committee whose members will work up to and through the election to shepherd the candidates and assist the Diocese in making its choices.
"We are blessed with a committee who is representative of this Diocese and has chosen these candidates without interference from the Bishops of the Diocese.
"I affirm each and every one of these candidates and am pleased at the wide diversity they offer this Diocese.
"I look forward to September 19 and the forum for the whole Diocese to meet, greet and interact with the candidates at Campbell Hall where we will break bread together, and the candidates will have the chance to get to know personally the people who come that day.
 "May God bless us; the grace of the Holy Spirit abounds."

In the Los Angeles Times [August 3, 2009], Bishop Marc Andrus was quoted: "This is really in keeping with the trajectory of our church toward justice and the recognition . . . of the full rights of gay and lesbian people."


meditatio: The Rev. John Kirkley's blog.


Los Angeles' Bishops Suffragan search page.