Committee recomends development of rites to bless same-sex unions

Posted on July 13, 2009

(July 13, 2009: Anaheim, California) This moring at the General Convention of The Episcopal Church legislation was reported out of the cognate Committees on Prayer Book, Liturgy and Church Music, and was authorized by both committee chairs and the text was provided by the committee's secretary the Rev. Dr. Ruth Meyers.


The cognate Committees on Prayer Book, Liturgy and Church Music has adopted and reported out an amended text of Resolution C056, which will be presented to the House of Bishops with a recommendation to adopt as amended.

 

The bishops’ committee passed the resolution 6-0. Bishop Henry Nutt Parsley of Alabama, who voted in favor of the resolution, will submit a minority report. The Deputies’ committee passed the legislation,   26-1.


The committee chairs are Bishop G. Wayne Smith of Missouri and The Very Rev. Sam Candler, dean of St. Philip’s Cathedral in Atlanta.

 

The text of the resolution follows:

 

Resolved, that the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music, in consultation with the House of Bishops Theology Committee,  collect and develop theological resources and liturgies of blessing for same-gender holy unions, to be presented to the 77th General Convention for formal consideration; and be it further

 

Resolved, that the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music, in consultation with the House of Bishops Theology Committee, devise an open process for the conduct of its work in this matter, inviting participation from dioceses, congregations, and individuals who are or have already engaged in the study or design of such rites throughout the Anglican Communion; and be it further

 

Resolved,  that all bishops, noting particularly those in dioceses within civil jurisdictions where same-gender marriage, civil unions, or domestic partnerships’ are legal, may provide generous pastoral response to meet the needs of members of this Church; and be it further

 

Resolved, that honoring the theological diversity of this Church, no bishop or other member of the clergy shall be compelled to authorize or officiate at such liturgies; and be it further

 

Resolved, that the Anglican Consultative Council be invited to conversation regarding this resolution and the work that proceeds from it, together with other churches in the Anglican Communion engaged in similar processes.