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Claiming the Blessing releases study guide

Claiming the Blessing releases study guide

A study guide for General Convention called “Claiming the Blessing 2015: The Case for Marriage” has been released on-line and will be available in printed form when the Convention convenes in Salt Lake City.

The study guide includes:

An introduction to the Marriage Task Force Blue Book Report
Q&A re: the TF Report
A summary of SCLM proposals
A legislative history timeline
Michael Hopkins’ essay “Recognized Holiness” making the case for marriage.

From the introduction:

In 1976 the Episcopal Church promised “full and equal claim with all other persons upon the love, acceptance and pastoral concern and care of the Church” to its gay and lesbian members. In the intervening years, we have seen many milestones along the way in the journey toward making that resolution a reality. But we are not there yet.

Full and equal claim means full and equal claim – – and it is time to end the exclusion of a percentage of the baptized from a percentage of the sacraments by adopting the canonical and liturgical changes necessary to end discrimination against the marriages of same- sex couples in the Episcopal Church.

At its 77th General Convention the Episcopal Church spoke unequivocally on civil marriage equality by adopting GC2012- D018: “End Discrimination Against Same-Sex Marriages.” It is time to “Let our yes be yes” [M atthew 5:37] and call the 78th General Convention to do the same for sacramental marriage.

Posted by Andrew Gerns


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Eric Bonetti

@Ricard, I’m assuming you’re referring to “his marriage” referenced in 1 Kings, whereby Solomonhad 700 wives and 300 concubines. Interestingly, nowhere does God complain about the arrangement itself; rather he complains that Solomon’s choice of foreign wives will turn his heart away from the Lord. This indeed happens.

Is this the unchanging arrangement?

JC Fisher


Richard Hollerman

This is a very, very sad situation. Anyone who respects God and His Word knows how grieved He is that anyone would reject and pervert His marriage arrangement. This has been in place since creation itself (Genesis 2:18-24) and Jesus our Lord endorsed the truthfulness of this original account (Matthew 19:3-12). There is no excuse for acquiescing to what has become a popular stance of fallen and sinful society, and rejecting the divine relationship that God requires–one man with one woman, for life (Mark 10:2-12). This is His eternal will (1 Peter 1:23-25; Matthew 24:35; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12-13) that cannot be broken, and to whom all are accountable. Those who reject His Word concerning marriage will be rejected by the Lord (John 12:48). And it is all for our good and not just to impose His restrictions.

Cynthia Katsarelis

My marriage is holy, Richard. God has blessed us mightily. That alone refutes your view. How rude of you to impose your judgement on my life and my LGBT sisters and brothers. You really can’t speak to each of relationships with God our Creator. Jesus said “don’t judge” and he said “love your neighbor;” the Good Samaritan parable shows that Jesus meant ALL of our neighbors.

I’m on the cusp of the next generation that sees these views as the same ilk as racism, slavery, anti-Semitism, and witch burning, all supported with “scripture.” Fundamentalism of any stripe is really not helpful in spreading the Good News. Pretending that Scripture depicts Ozzie and Harriet style marriage is just silly, as pointed out.

Deepest thanks to all of the people who’ve worked on inclusive marriage in the church. It needs to be available to all Episcopalians, not just the ones living in liberal cities and “blue states.”

JC Fisher

This IS a very, very sad situation. That is, your comment—and the Scripture-twisting that produced it. TEC “respects God and His Word ” too much to let bigotry delay them in following the Holy Spirit’s lead towards God’s Shalom.

Brian A. MacFarland

J C Fisher – Thank you for this.

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