The head of the Episcopal Church (USA) won't say how he'll vote regarding the confirmation of an openly gay bishop. As the denomination opened its national convention in Minneapolis, presiding bishop Frank Griswold said he'll listen to the debate and be open to the intervention of the Holy Spirit.
But the Reverend Susan Russell, who heads a gay advocacy group called Claiming the Blessing, says the Spirit has already spoken in New Hampshire Episcopalians' choice of Gene Robinson to be their bishop. She says a majority at the convention need only add their "Amen."
Conservative Episcopalians, though, say confirming a bishop who divorced his wife and now lives with a gay partner will split the church from Anglicans worldwide, who adhere to the Bible's teaching that gay sex is a sin.