TEC BREAKING: Standing Committe on Liturgy & Music Releases Resources for Same Gender Relationships

The entire document that has been released can be found here. Haven’t had time to peruse but I noted immediately the title which uses the term relationships rather than blessings.

Excerpts from
“I Will Bless You, and You Will Be a Blessing”
Resources for Blessing Same-Gender Relationships
prepared by The Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music of the Episcopal Church
March 7, 2012

In 2009, the 76th General Convention of The Episcopal Church directed the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music to develop theological and liturgical resources for blessing same-gender relationships (Resolution 2009-C056). This document contains some of the resources the Commission has developed:

• Faith, Hope, and Love: Theological Resources for Blessing Same-Gender Relationships
• The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant: Liturgical Resources for Blessing Same-Gender Relationships
• Declaration of Intention (intended to be parallel to the declaration called for in Canon I.18.3 (e-g)

This portion of the report of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music is intended for the consideration of the 77th General Convention (2012) of The Episcopal Church, and for study in preparation for that Convention. None of the material in this document is authorized for use in The Episcopal Church.

In addition to the resources, we have appended to this document the texts of the resolutions that the Commission is proposing to General Convention. It will be the responsibility of the Bishops and Deputies Legislative Committees on Prayer Book, Liturgy, and Church Music to hold public hearings on the resolutions and then make a recommendation to the legislative houses. The House of Bishops will then debate and vote on each resolution, and if a resolution is adopted, send it to the House of Deputies which will debate and vote whether to concur. The legislation must be adopted by both houses in the same form in order for the resolution to pass.

The Commission is releasing these materials to bishops and deputies now so that they are available for discussion at the March 2012 meeting of the House of Bishops and discussion in the Deputy Online Forum.

The Commission’s complete report will be included with the reports to General Convention 2012 from all Committees, Commissions, Agencies and Boards (“the Blue Book”). The General Convention Office expects to publish those reports in April 2012.

Here is the letter from Bonnie Anderson to the deputies. 

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