Thursday, July 16, 2009

And they did it again!


If it were possible to get an audio of a choir of angels singing alleluia, I'd put it right here. The House of Bishops overwhelmingly passed C061:

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Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That the 76th General Convention acknowledge the changing circumstances in the United States and in other nations, as legislation authorizing or forbidding marriage, civil unions or domestic partnerships for gay and lesbian persons is passed in various civil jurisdictions that call forth a renewed pastoral response from this Church, and for an open process for the consideration of theological and liturgical resources for the blessing of same gender relationships; and be it further

Resolved, That the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music, in consultation with the House of Bishops, collect and develop theological, and design liturgies and report to the 77th General Convention; and be it further

Resolved, That the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music, in consultation with the House of Bishops, devise an open process for the conduct of its work inviting participation from provinces, dioceses, congregations, and individuals who are engaged in such theological work, and inviting theological reflection from throughout the Anglican Communion; and be it further

Resolved, That bishops, 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 this Convention honor the theological diversity of this Church in regard to matters of human sexuality; and be it further

Resolved, That the members of this Church be encouraged to engage in this effort.
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This comes to the House of Deputies now for consideration. If it passes without amendment, it passes. If it's amended, then it goes back to the HoB and passage could be iffy because of the timing of the end of the convention and the original finessing by the bishops in order to get the HoB to pass it. Should be most interesting. But for the second time, the HoB has found strength to stand up for all of the members of the Episcopal Church. Amazing. I truly hope we're seeing the beginning of a pattern!

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