Q&A with Bishop Thom of Idaho

Bishop Brian Thom of the Diocese of Idaho sat down for an interview recently with the Boise Weekly. He was asked if he has ever conducted a ceremony for a gay union, and answered:

No. I can’t yet.

What does that mean?

In 2009, the church approved a preparation of a trial liturgy for the blessing of same-sex unions. In 2012, we came back with the actual trial liturgy, and we said that each congregation had to conduct its own study on the matter, and ask permission of their bishop.

Are any local parishes interested?

Four congregations have asked my permission to conduct a study, two in Boise, another in Sun Valley and one in Pocatello.

So does that mean that they’re moving toward that blessing?

The church still has to decide in 2015 whether to make it a regular rite.

Do you look forward to the day when one of your parishes offers that blessing for same-sex unions?

I do. I’ve arrived at that place of believing in full inclusion. If you’re baptized a Christian then you should be able to enjoy all of the rites that a Christian enjoys.

Thom also answered questions on immigration, poverty and more. See full story here.

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  1. Good for him. Good for the diocese of Idaho. When I last lived there we had a great bishop, John Thorton who I admired a lot for his candid ways regarding LGBT people…once he said to me as we were walking along with a sunny view of the Cascade Mountains ¨Leonard, you know that nobody knows the sexual orientation of Jesus Christ.¨ I hadn’t thought of it before.

    It always seemed worth thinking about to me but especially in the times of divisive Anglican Communion member GAFCON MEETINGS, attempted TEC property takeovers and other unnatural, yet continous, exclusions of LGBT people at various levels of Churchlife.

    We are all members of the Body of Christ…ALL of us.

  2. Leonard Clark Beardsley

    Leonardo Ricardo

    (it was the Sawtooth Mountains)

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