Proper 11: Year B, RCL: "But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it."
And they'll likely say, "Yah, it's all about inclusion. That's what we do in our church, not like those dummy-Christians."
But the inclusion put forward in the New Testament takes all of its power and meaning from Christ: his body broken and blood shed on the cross. An equality formed by peoples' common need of God and God's gift of reconciliation in Christ for any and all who will receive it.
Why wouldn't Episcopalians, if they are so concerned with "inclusion," lean on radical Bible passages like this, and appeal to the cross and blood of Christ to make their case?
1) Because that would be to assert a politically incorrect position: that Jesus is unique. That doesn't serve Episcopalians' need for cultural elite approval.
2) Because this Bible passage says that those who are included by Christ are "made new," and that's just not gonna fly when inclusion is code for the justification of certain favored sexual behaviors.
And once more, for the record: the cruciphobic, Christophobic Episcopal religion is not inclusive. By almost every marker, it is a small, ingrown group of older, white, affluent people, disproportionately female and gay. Yes, there are exceptions. Yes, the South Dakota diocese is 50% L/Dakota, and many of its people come from places of great material deprivation. But the national picture is captured by an old cartoon, in which a church matriarch says to the priest at the church door, "Now what's this about evangelism, Father? All the people who should be Episcopalians already are."