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Submit feedback now on new resources for same-sex blessings

Submit feedback now on new resources for same-sex blessings

From the Office of Public Affairs of the Episcopal Church:

The Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (SCLM) has issued a reminder to submit feedback through a survey about the new resources for blessing same-sex relationships.

The survey is located here.

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.

SCLM reports that, since about 50 days ago, 339 people have taken the survey in English and three people in Spanish. Of those, 67% were clergy, 33% were lay.

Of the people providing feedback about preparing a couple, 50% were clergy and 12% were members of a couple who were blessed.

On feedback about the liturgy, 55.3% were clergy, 15.5% members of the congregation, and 16.8% a member of the couple.

Regarding the educational/discussion material, 27.7% used the material, while those who did not use it said it was either because they had already done congregational education (57.9%) or that they used other resources (31.3%).

Of those who said they did not use any of the SCLM’s material, 61.8% said it was because no one came forward asking for a blessing.

The most responses came from the Dioceses of California, East Tennessee and New York.

The survey will remain open through December 31.


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