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Have you used Church resources for same-sex blessings? Weigh in.

Have you used Church resources for same-sex blessings? Weigh in.

From the Office of Public Affairs:

The Episcopal Church Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (SCLM) is seeking information about people’s experiences with the resources that were prepared for the blessing of same-sex relationships.

In 2012, the General Convention passed Resolution A049 commending “Liturgical Resources 1: I Will Bless You and You Will Be A Blessing” for study and use in congregation and dioceses, and approved the liturgical resource “The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant” for provisional use.

“This survey will gather data and feedback about the use of each section of the resources,” said the Rev. Dr. Ruth Meyers, chair of the SCLM. “We would like to hear from people who have used any part of the resources, including those who have read the theological resource, used the discussion guide or the pastoral resource for preparing couples, or participated in a liturgy of the blessing of a relationship.”

The survey is located here:

The survey questions focus on the use of each of the various sections of the resources.

Deadline for submitted information is December 31.

To contact SCLM contact

SCLM blog

Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music:

Liturgical Resources I is available, in print and ebook form, from Church Publishing, Inc.:


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Yes, Chris H, ABSOLUTELY time for a new BCP! [I’ve been saying this for a decade now]

1928-79, 51 years: WAY TOO LONG a gap between! [People forgot BCPs are *supposed* to be revised every generation. Kerfuffle ensued!]

1979-2013, 34 years and counting. We haven’t even BEGUN the process for revision (does anyone think it would take less than 10 years for that process to be completed? As a cradle Episcopalian, I remember from my youth all the “Blue Book” and “Green Book” and “Zebra Book” trial edition BCPs.)

Get it going! ASAP!

JC Fisher

Chris H.

So, time for a new BCP?

Ruth Meyers

Matthew, We DO want your concrete feedback. Each of the questions includes a box where you can add specific comments. I encourage you and others to use those. If you have more extensive comments, please put them in an email (or attach a file to an email) and send it to I’ll also be posting this to the SCLM blog, and that is another place where folks can give us specific comments. We will read it all and take it into account in our work that we present to the next General Convention. Please also be aware that there is a survey in Spanish, so if you know folks who are more fluent in Spanish, they can respond in that way. I’ll put the link on our blog. Ruth Meyers, Chair, SCLM

Ann Fontaine

My opinion is that the sooner we have one rite with a solid theology of marriage the better. The current BCP rite is grounded in patriarchy, and version of God that is not recognizable as Episcopalian/Anglican. The Blessing rite is half a loaf.

Matthew Buterbaugh+

From this survey, I’m guessing they didn’t really want any actual concrete feedback. Having presided at this liturgy, I certainly have thoughts, but there wasn’t a whole lot of opportunity to share them.

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