As I re-read the volume, I was particularly conscious of the fact that I was doing so as a Lutheran, and at a time when the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and The Episcopal Church, USA
(ECUSA) are in the midst of a process leading to an official decision in 1997.
They talk of their father, who was born in slavery and went on to become the first elected African-American bishop of the Episcopal Church, USA
The Diocese is an administrative unit of The Episcopal Church, USA
as well as the worldwide Anglican Communion -- a Christian community using the practices and traditions of the Church of England.
For decades, mainline churches such as the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Methodist Church, and the Episcopal Church, USA
, have supported fundamental democratic freedoms in such areas as reproductive rights, women's equality, civil rights, and international peace and disarmament.