Bishop M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE writes:
Bishop Shaw briefs the media covering the General Convention on July 9.
“Today’s program theme at General Convention is ‘God’s People.’ Yesterday I experienced a hearing on B012, a piece of legislation that wants to include all of God’s people in the life of the church. It’s about marriage equality and how the church is going to respond to marriage equality in six states. I think it’s an important piece of legislation that will allow us to pastorally care for people. It is also a tool for evangelism.
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07/08/09: Bishops from the six states where civil marriage of same-gender couples is now legal are asking the General Convention for “generous discretion” that would allow clergy in affected dioceses to adapt the church’s prayerbook services “for use with all couples who seek the church’s support and God’s blessing in their marriages.”
The resolution, B012—proposed by Bishop Stephen Lane of the Diocese of Maine and cosponsored by the Diocese of Massachusetts’ three bishops, along with the bishops of Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont and Iowa—was the focus of a full-house hearing before the Social and Urban Affairs Committee this afternoon. Continue reading