Writing for the Acts 8 Moment’s prompt this week, Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale reflected on the already-not yet state of marriage equality in the Episcopal Church.
While the church yet really have universal recognition of same-gender marriage across the church, there is the approved rite of blessing, which, O’Sullivan-Hale argues, has left room for the church to talk to each other, and share experiences, and grow towards change.
He describes his experience of having his union with his partner blessed in his local parish, which he found to be a wonderful, Spirit-filled experience, comparing it to the woman in Mark’s gospel, who is healed from hemorrhages when she touches the hem of Jesus’ garment.
That’s how it will be with many of us for now. If the church decides in 2015 or 2018 that it’s ready to declare marriage between members of the same sex a sacrament – great. I hope we do so and I will do my part to make that happen. But this “official” sacrament of marriage is one that I will never receive, because it is already mine. Last October Frank and I touched Jesus’s cloak and claimed our blessing. There’s nothing second rate about the sacrament we received – even if for the moment the Spirit demands we officially call it something different.