In his “Articles of Faith” blog on Friday, Michael Paulson updated his July 21 Boston Globe story on New England bishops’ response to General Convention’s action regarding “generous pastoral response.”
It’s the last legislative day, and the House of Deputies spent this morning’s session mostly in debate of resolution C056, calling for the collection and development of theological and liturgical resources for blessing same-gender relationships. Of note to dioceses in states such as Massachusetts where same-gender marriage is legal, the resolution also says that bishops “may provide generous pastoral response to meet the needs of members of the church.”
Some of the ongoing debate has been focused on exactly what “generous pastoral response” means. Bishop M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE said in this Religion News Service story posted at Beliefnet that he is not putting forth an interpretation until he’s had a chance to confer further with colleagues and members of the diocese.
“I am pleased they gave us the pastoral generosity we need to deal with our context in Massachusetts,” Bishop Shaw said.
The results of this morning’s vote by orders in the House of Deputies were not announced before the break for the convention’s closing Eucharist at 11:30 a.m. Pacific time. The final legislative session of convention resumes at 2 p.m.
07/15/09: Bishop M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE writes:
Bishop Laura Ahrens of Connecticut and Bishop M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE, on the floor of the House of Bishops today.
“Convention buzz today has been partly about the budget for the next triennium. According to the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance this proposed budget of just over $141 million for the triennium (down from $164 million for 2007-2009) was built around ‘hope, mission, accountability, transparency and honesty.’ Continue reading
Bishops send open ordination measure back to deputies, affirmed but amended
The Diocese of Massachusetts’ bishops voted yes for the amended version of D025 that passed the House of Bishops yesterday, 99-45 (with two abstentions), and it now goes back to the House of Deputies’ World Mission Legislative Committee for its recommendation and another round of deliberation in that house. Continue reading
Massachusetts members celebrate Hero of Camping Ministries Award with Bishop Shaw (center left): from left, Becky Alden, Mally Lloyd, Helen Gordon, Bud Cederholm, Lallie Lloyd, Gale Davis Morris, Sam Gould, Karen Montagno, Rob Hensley (standing back), Jane Gould (kneeling front) and Brother Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE.
07/13/09: The church’s Episcopal Camp and Conference Centers (ECCC) organization honored Bishop M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE tonight with the 2009 Hero of Camping Ministry Award “in recognition of his bold vision and commitment to enriching the lives of children, adults and families by creating, promoting and sustaining the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center.”
Massachusetts deputy and summer camp assistant program director Sam Gould told a story of seeing a camper’s outlook transform through his first experience of Christian story and community at summer camp.
“One thing we can say, without Bishop Shaw’s efforts there would not be a story like that to tell in the Diocese of Massachusetts,” Rufus Miller, the ECCC board president, said, before presenting Shaw with a walking stick.
“You know, I’ve been a bishop for about 15 years, and at every General Convention there’s always a tremendous amount of talk about youth and about evangelism, and one of the things that I know from the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center and from visiting some of your camps is that the greatest way to work with youth and to evangelize is through our camps and our conference centers,” Shaw told the gathering. “The kind of work that we can do in a week or two with a young person transforms their lives, and I know that everybody here has been involved in camp and conference center work for a long time. You’re doing the real youth and evangelism work of the church, and God has enormous gratitude to all of you for the work that you’re doing.”
Lynette Wilson’s story for Episcopal Life Online is here.
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