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Bishops approve same-sex blessings

Liturgical resources for same-sex blessings. NINA NICHOLSON PHOTO

Yesterday the House of Bishops voted 111 to 41 in favor of authorizing provisional use of liturgical resources for same sex blessings. It now goes to the House of Deputies for their consideration.

What is perhaps more amazing to me than the strength of support was the tone of the conversation. It was respectful and gracious -- quite a difference from even five years ago when I first became part of the House. Many who voted against the resolution today expressed a sense of resignation that this issue will continue to move forward. Others, like me, who hope and pray for even greater strides toward marriage equality, take comfort that many bishops who once were so resistant to the sexuality issue have become advocates for full inclusion.

We have come a long way. And we have a long way to go. As I reflect on yesterday's proceedings, I am feeling a deep sense of gratitude for the leadership that so many people in our diocese have provided during this decades-long journey. Many of those leaders are here at this Convention. Our witness and and commitment have made an important difference. By God's grace, and a deepening faith, we continue to move toward the challenge issued in our baptismal covenant: "to respect the dignity of every human being."


Thank you for your commitment & support for marriage equality! Brother Thomas Squiers, OSM (Benedictine) Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth

The Church, for me, is the evolving presence of Christ in the world. As centuries pass we get an ever clearer vision of Christ though the window of the Church. It heartens my heart that, in inclusive kindness, the window has been opened a little higher and we see Christ a little clearer.

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