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July 9, 2012

HOB Passes Trial Liturgy for Same Sex Blessing

This passed in the HOB 111-41 with three abstentions.  We will post the vote tally by name as soon as we can.

A049 TOPIC: LITURGYAuthorize Liturgical Resources for Blessing Same-Gender Relationships

Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That the 77th General Convention commend “Liturgical Resources I: I Will Bless You and You Will Be a Blessing” for study and use in congregations and dioceses of The Episcopal Church, with the following revisions:
Throughout “I Will Bless You and You Will Be a Blessing” change “same-gender” to “same-sex”;
BB p. 184 (Te bendecire pdf, p.1): change “Resources for Blessing Same-Gender Relationships” to “Resources for The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant in a same-sex relationship”
BB p. 240 (Te bendecire pdf, p. 83): Add rubric after first rubric, stating: “At least one of the couple must be a baptized Christian.”
BB p. 240 (Te bendecire pdf, p. 83): In paragraph 2, line 1, delete “at least one of whom is baptized,”
BB p. 241 (Te bendecire pdf, p. 85): In Presider’s address to the assembly, delete “come what may,” (paragraph 1, line 9)
BB pp. 241-242 (Te bendecire pdf, p. 85): In Presider’s address to the assembly, delete all of paragraph 2 (“Ahead of them…calls us all to share.”)
BB p. 242 (Te bendecire pdf, p. 85): In Presider’s address to the assembly, change “let us pray, then,” (paragraph 3, line 1) to “Therefore, in the name of Christ, let us pray”
BB p. 245 (Te bendecire pdf, p. 90): After the bidding for peace in their home and love in their family, add the following bidding: “For the grace, when they hurt each other, to recognize and acknowledge their fault, and to seek each other’s forgiveness and yours: Lord, in your mercy (or Lord, in your goodness) Hear our prayer.”
BB p. 246 (Te bendecire pdf, p. 91): Change rubric that begins “After a time of silence” to the following: “The leader may add one or more of the following biddings”
BB p. 247 (Te bendecire pdf, p. 93): In Commitment (both forms) line 7, change “I will honor and keep you” to “I will honor and love you”
BB p. 248 (Te bendecire pdf, p. 94): In first form of blessing rings, change line 2 to “as signs of the enduring covenant”
BB p. 248 (Te bendecire pdf, p. 95): In Blessing of the Couple, add rubric between first and second paragraphs: “The Presider continues with one of the
BB p. 248 (Te bendecire pdf, p. 95): In Blessing of the Couple, add third paragraph after the “Amen”: “or this / God, the holy and undivided Trinity,
bless, preserve, and keep you, and mercifully grant you rich and boundless grace, that you may please God in body and soul. God make you a sign of the loving-kindness and steadfast fidelity manifest in the life, death, and resurrection of our Savior, and bring you at last to the delight of the heavenly
banquet, where he lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.”
BB p. 257 (Te bendecire pdf, p. 104): In paragraph under E. Vocation, change “1 Samuel 18” to “1 Samuel 3”; and be it further
Resolved, That the 77th General Convention commend as part of our generous pastoral response authorize for trial provisional use “The Witnessing and
Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant” from “Liturgical Resources I: I Will Bless You and You Will Be a Blessing” beginning the First Sunday of Advent 2012, under the direction and subject to the permission of the of a bishop exercising ecclesiastical authority; and be it further
Resolved, That bishops, particularly those in dioceses within civil jurisdictions where same-sex gender marriage, civil unions, or domestic partnerships are legal, may provide generous pastoral response to meet the needs of members of this Church; , including adaptation of the liturgy and declaration of intention contained in “I Will Bless You and You Will Be a Blessing”; and be it further
Resolved, That bishops may authorize adaptation of these materials to meet the needs of members of this Church: and be it further
Resolved, that the provision of Canon I.18.4 applies by extension to “Theological Resources for Blessing Same-Sex Relationships,” namely, “It shall be within the discretion of any Member of the Clergy of this Church to decline to [preside at any rite of blessing defined herein]”; and be it further
Resolved, That this convention honor the theological diversity of this church in regard to matters of human sexuality, and that no bishop, priest, deacon or lay person should be coerced or penalized in any manner, nor suffer any canonical disabilities, as a result of his or her conscientious objection to or support for the 77th General Convention’s action with regard to the Blessing of Same-Sex Relationships; and be it further
Resolved, That the theological resource for the blessing of a life-long covenant be further developed by the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music over the 2013-2015 triennium with specific attention to further engagement with scripture and the relevant categories and sources of systematic theology (e.g., creation, sin, grace, salvation, redemption, human nature); and be it further
Resolved, That the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music include the work of diverse theological perspectives in the further development of the theological resource; and be it further
Resolved, That the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music develop an open process to review “I Will Bless You and You Will Be a Blessing,” inviting
responses from provinces, dioceses, congregations, and individuals from throughout The Episcopal Church and from throughout the Anglican
Communion, and from our ecumenical partners, and report to the 78th General Convention.

In response to Resolution 2009-C056, the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music developed liturgical and theological resources for blessing same-gender relationships. Throughout the triennium, the commission heard stories of the urgent pastoral need for these resources in congregations of The Episcopal Church. Because these are new resources for a pastoral situation not previously recognized in official liturgical books of The Episcopal
Church, the commission recommends that they be used under the direction of a bishop exercising ecclesiastical authority, and that there be a process of review in order to refine the materials, so that they are in keeping with Anglican theological and liturgical tradition.

Isn’t that cute how they pretend they want recommendations and comments from provinces, dioceses, congregations, and individuals from throughout The Episcopal Church and from throughout the Anglican Communion, and from our ecumenical partners?  At least they could be honest and admit they only want comment from those who have been busy pushing this organization that pretends to be a church over the cliff.  Otherwise they would have listened to the millions and millions and millions of people who have been shouting at the top of their lungs - STOP.  Don’t do this.  See how well they have listened?

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I quit the Episcopal Church.

[1] Posted by The Plantagenets on 7-9-2012 at 06:30 PM · [top]

Just like all the controversial things, it will be about 10-15 years before this all becomes mandatory.

Let’s be honest:  Most dioceses won’t let a traditionally minded person anywhere near Holy Orders now.  If they aren’t with the program, they aren’t worshiping the god of the “new thing” most Episcopalians bow before.

“Diversity” in TEo only means one thing:  Diversity on how you use your genitalia.

[2] Posted by Bill2 on 7-9-2012 at 06:39 PM · [top]

Memo to the House of Bishops: You’re fired.

[3] Posted by All-Is-True on 7-9-2012 at 06:46 PM · [top]

Kudos to Bill2 for adding to the list of terms TE"C” has redefined.  Best TEO definition of “diversity” possible!

[4] Posted by Milton on 7-9-2012 at 06:49 PM · [top]

Look forward to the breakdown of votes. But I’m feeling very provisional tonight.

[5] Posted by oscewicee on 7-9-2012 at 06:52 PM · [top]

If the new thing is not be identified by any sex, then should they just do a Whatever Blessing. Then it is all covered. In fact, Tec has become the whatever you want church so long as you don’t mention that ‘s’ word and I don’t mean sex.

[6] Posted by martin5 on 7-9-2012 at 06:54 PM · [top]

TEC has come to this...except I would show this to my kids, and I would keep my kids a thousand miles from one of these proposed ‘blessings.’

[7] Posted by All-Is-True on 7-9-2012 at 06:59 PM · [top]

Tee-hee! Homosexual activists want equality - the same rights and rites as everyone else. They want others to say that they’re normal.

Well, not equal and not normal. The HOB of TEC says so, and it seems likely that HOD will concur. The SSB ritual cannot be used to bless the relationships of heterosexual couples. It’s just for same sex couples. Separate. Abnormal. For you only.

TEC has no written doctrine stating that homosexual practice isn’t sinful. The homosexual activists now have a service that blesses their friendship, but NOT their sexual relationship. It’s not a trial rite. It has its very own new provisional category, created only for homosexuals. Separate. Abnormal. For you only.

It’s not a real marriage ceremony, though it has features of a wedding, and there’s no way to pretend that it is. Sacrament? Nope. Separate. Abnormal. For you only.

Disintegrity, the HOB has thrown you under the bus. You want, “full inclusion of all the baptized in all the sacraments,” but you don’t have anything close to it. Separate. Abnormal. For you only.

[8] Posted by Ralph on 7-9-2012 at 07:01 PM · [top]

Let’s get to work on a provisional liturgy for excommunication.

[9] Posted by tjmcmahon on 7-9-2012 at 07:08 PM · [top]

Time to file complaints?

[10] Posted by oscewicee on 7-9-2012 at 07:14 PM · [top]

Come come, Ralph. The point is not to build up homosexuals but to tear down the church. Rome was not saced in a day. Be patient.

The Episcopal church is melting like ice cream dropped on a hot sidewalk. Take a look while you can. It won’t be there long.

How people put up with this is hard to imagine. Thank God (and I meant it) I’m in Quincy, where we have nothing to fear but TEC’s army of lawyers.

It’s a he’ll of a way to run a church, isn’t it?

[11] Posted by Romkey on 7-9-2012 at 07:18 PM · [top]

<b>so that they are in keeping with Anglican theological and liturgical tradition.<b>


[12] Posted by martin5 on 7-9-2012 at 07:18 PM · [top]

responding to #5:
Many years ago I had a handy book called “A Manual for Priests” that had a very long list of blessing prayers for the many objects around us.  The last one on the list was called “The Blessing of Anything Whatsoever,”  Was it WAY ahead of it’s time?

We could call a Whatever Blessing by the title of McBlessing…

[13] Posted by BravoZulu on 7-9-2012 at 07:20 PM · [top]

#11, the devil has done good work.

In a couple of weeks, Jeremiah 23 will come up in the RCL as one of the lesson options. It says more than I can say.

How tragic it is that 111 bishops of TEC have willingly voted themselves into the Outer Darkness.

[14] Posted by Ralph on 7-9-2012 at 07:25 PM · [top]

The Plantagenets

We must all do as God calls.  If He has called you out of this mess we call the Episcopal church, go with our blessings.  If He has not and you wish to remain a member of the resistance, I would consider contacting like minded souls and advising them of just how much of their pledge is going to fund such nonsense.  In order to be a communicant in good standing, I believe you only have to give at least $1 a year.

Another option is to transfer you letter to a diocese that will allow you the blessing of giving a tithe without any portion of it going to the heretical national church.  Right off the bat - diocese of S.C. fits that bill. 

Every once in a while we post a list of excellent organizations who could use your funding who truly do God’s work in this world. 

Most importantly, do not make your decision in silence.  Be sure to let your vestry, clergy, bishop and standing committee know your decision and why you made it.

God bless.

[15] Posted by Jackie on 7-9-2012 at 07:41 PM · [top]

“It is the Jesus thing to do in our time,” the Rev. Michael Louis Vono of the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande said in the meeting in support of the resolution.

The “Jesus thing”?  JESUS THING?????  really????????

‘nuff said.

[16] Posted by elanor on 7-9-2012 at 07:58 PM · [top]

As expected.

[17] Posted by Undergroundpewster on 7-9-2012 at 07:59 PM · [top]

In the Hebrew calendar, Saturday (the day the transgendered legislation passed and the hearing on the same-sex blessing took place) was the 17th of Tammuz.  There are five national tragedies mourned on this day: 
—Golden Calf offered by the Jewish people
—The daily sacrificial offerings in the Holy Temple were discontinued, three weeks before the Babylonians’ destruction of the First Temple.
—Jerusalem Walls Breached by the Romans.
—The Roman general Apostomus burned the Torah.
—Apostomus placed an idol in the Holy Temple. The fighting in Jerusalem continued for three weeks until the 9th of Av, when the Second Temple was set aflame.

[18] Posted by Jill Woodliff on 7-9-2012 at 08:51 PM · [top]

The prayers of Moses for the Israelites after the golden calf are a model for intercession now.
First intercession:  Exodus 32:11-14
Second intercession:  Exodus 32:30-32
Third intercession:  Exodus 33:12-17
Fourth intercession:  Exodus 34:8-9

[19] Posted by Jill Woodliff on 7-9-2012 at 09:03 PM · [top]

Just curious:  Are there more Moonies in the US than this strange little genital worshiping cult called “Episcopalians?”

[20] Posted by Bill2 on 7-9-2012 at 11:04 PM · [top]

Talk about perversion!!! “The jesus thing”????? “ keeping with Anglican theological and liturgical tradition”???? “...God, the holy and undivided Trinity,
bless, preserve, and keep you, and mercifully grant you rich and boundless grace, that you may please God in body and soul”??????(emphasis mine) Are they bloody kidding? Can they say/write this stuff with a straight face?

[21] Posted by Nellie on 7-9-2012 at 11:18 PM · [top]

Just wait for the hell you will endure should you NOT show up to the “wedding” and NOT purchase a nice gift from the registry!!! 

Resistance is futile.

[22] Posted by midwestnorwegian on 7-10-2012 at 05:51 AM · [top]

How terribly sad.  And not in any way a surprize.

[23] Posted by B. Hunter on 7-10-2012 at 08:11 AM · [top]

For anyone who cares about the remaining faithful clergy in TEC have to say. Here is what Canon Jim Lewis (Diocese of South Carolina) wrote on the Diocese’s General Convention Facebook page.

- Tuesday Morning (7/10)

Have reached the prayerful conclusion I can no longer wear my clerics in this place. Yesterday’s actions changed our doctrine and discipline that profoundly in my mind. David Thurlow will formally address the House of Deputies this evening with his minority report on the resolution for SSB rites. An EXTREMELY sad day! Please keep us in your prayers.

Another deputy from SC (David Thurlow+) will be giving a minority report (he is on the committee that drafted this resolution) before the HoD this evening.  If anyone else is in interested, I am trying to find out when so we can surround David+ with our prayers.

[24] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 7-10-2012 at 10:30 AM · [top]


I’ve posted a call to prayer at L&B, focusing especially for those orthodox at GC.  I’ll add your comment #24 to my links in the post at L&B. 

Prayers continuing for the deputies and Bishop of Dio SC. and other orthodox leaders at GC.

[25] Posted by Karen B. on 7-10-2012 at 10:39 AM · [top]

We know that Bp. Lawrence (DioSC) voted no.

Has anyone heard about Bps. Waldo (DioUSC) and Benhase (DioGA)? While they had said they would vote against the resolution when it was in its draft form, none of my usual sources knows what they actually did.

[26] Posted by Ralph on 7-10-2012 at 10:50 AM · [top]

Is there any update yet on the roll call so we can find out which bishops voted NO?  I’d like to send some of them words of encouragement.

[27] Posted by Karen B. on 7-10-2012 at 10:51 AM · [top]

Here’s an update:
“As the rite still reflected more closely a marriage liturgy, as promised to the Diocese in advance of the Convention, Bishop Benhase voted no to the rite.”


[28] Posted by Ralph on 7-10-2012 at 10:57 AM · [top]

And, here’s the update from DioUSC:
“This afternoon in the House of Bishops passed A049: the resolution to authorize liturgical resources for the blessing of same-sex relationships. I voted “No” for the resolution, because the theological rationale that accompanies A049 is not theologically rigorous enough for me to support it.”

The whole thing is worth reading:

“Soon after convention, I will appoint a task force of lay and clergy with diverse beliefs to discern the theological boundaries within which we can live together. Following this work, I will decide how we will move forward while respecting the broad range of beliefs that are such a treasure in our diocese.”

Yeah. Right.

Theologically rigorous? I wonder what he expected. There’s no theology that supports this. Only diabolology. The SCLM report is a textbook example of that.

[29] Posted by Ralph on 7-10-2012 at 11:12 AM · [top]

Is there a listing of how each bishop voted?

[30] Posted by Matthew on 7-10-2012 at 12:06 PM · [top]

Georgia voted no, according to the diocesan website.

[31] Posted by oscewicee on 7-10-2012 at 12:42 PM · [top]

[15]  Thank you, Jackie, for your advice and blessings.  I really appreciate that.

My situation is very complicated.

[32] Posted by The Plantagenets on 7-10-2012 at 04:15 PM · [top]

Just saw on the live Twitter feed that the HOD is near voting on the SSB resolution (A049, I think?)  It will be a vote by orders, so there will be the chance to know how each delegation voted.  Good.

[33] Posted by Karen B. on 7-10-2012 at 04:43 PM · [top]

Yes, My latest FB update.
Lord have mercy! The tweets coming out of HoD at General Convention are darn right scary! Tower of Babel is simple and pleasant compared to the HoD?? Is this the same group of people that were boring me to death with their tedious resolutions, endless discussions, and parliamentary speak via live video stream only yesterday?? Come Holy Spirit! Come! Speak and let thy people listen!! Some one just tweeted is it too soon to pray ??? NO NEVER! Prayer is what is needed. Remember Nike’s motto? Just DO IT!

[34] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 7-10-2012 at 05:20 PM · [top]

Karen B.  You mentioned finding out how each deputation voted. I really appreciate John Burwell’s+ effort to photograph the ballots filled out for major resolutions showing exactly how each member of our deputation voted.  Just scroll down the page and you should see two ballots for the SC deputation showing how each member voted. THAT is true transparency!!

[35] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 7-10-2012 at 05:28 PM · [top]

Yes, love those pix SC blu cat lady.  John Burwell+ is awesome, as is the whole SC Deputation!

[36] Posted by Karen B. on 7-10-2012 at 05:35 PM · [top]

The SC delegation has been the only bright spot in this mess.

[37] Posted by oscewicee on 7-10-2012 at 05:43 PM · [top]

Twitter says:
Lay 86 yes, 19 no, divided 5
Clergy 85 yes, 22 no, divided 4

One awaits the opportunity to know who voted how.

[38] Posted by Ralph on 7-10-2012 at 05:56 PM · [top]

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.
ENS ran a news service earlier today and I did a doubletake. Please! no! Tell me they didn’t!

The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings elected president of the house of deputies.
[must. not. snark. must. not. snark.]

“Gay Clark” ??!!?? really??!! You’re pulling my leg..

“Gay Clark?”

[39] Posted by RedHatRob on 7-10-2012 at 06:04 PM · [top]

THis just from the SC Deputies posting on the Diocese of SC Gen Con FB page. NO surprise here.

S.C. Deputation Statement
July 10, 2012

It is with heavy hearts that Bishop Mark Lawrence and the South Carolina deputation to General Convention must report the final passage and adoption of Resolution A049, Resolution to Authorize Liturgical Resources for Blessing Same-Gender Relationships. Our deputation, in voting against its passage, remains united and unanimous in our support of the historic understanding of “the doctrine, discipline and worship of Christ as this Church has received them.” In the debate prior to the vote being taken, we spoke in favor of the minority report authored and presented by the Very Rev. David Thurlow. The Standing Committee of the Diocese of South Carolina, in its statement of June 15 has articulated the clear position of our diocese on marriage. The South Carolina deputation wholeheartedly endorses that position. We grieve that General Convention has further departed from these values and adopted a resolution to permit pastoral license to violate the existing canons on marriage. We believe this decision will seriously wound the Church and ask to you join is in prayers for God’s One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.

The Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence
The Very Rev. John Burwell
The Rev. Canon Jim Lewis
The Very Rev. David Thurlow
Reid Boylston
Lydia Evans
Lonnie Hamilton
Elizabeth (Boo) Pennewill

[40] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 7-10-2012 at 06:16 PM · [top]

SC blu cat lady
I’ll pray over the South Carolina delegation until convention is over and continue to pray for the Diocese afterwards.

[41] Posted by martin5 on 7-10-2012 at 11:12 PM · [top]

George Conger reports that Howard of Florida spoke against the resolution on the grounds that it was unnecessary, since SSBs are already taking place oh oh  I do not know how he voted.

[42] Posted by James Manley on 7-11-2012 at 09:21 AM · [top]

Martin5,  I am sure our deputies both clergy and lay as well as many in the diocese appreciate the prayers.  Certainly keep the prayers coming.

Alas, there are so many whose prayer needs are even more urgent and important than ours. We can not and should not forget our brothers and sisters in Christ whose very lives are at stake for their faith. So many are persecuted for simply being Christian that it makes our problems as a part of TEc seem small and insignificant. 

Lord, Thy will be done.

[43] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 7-11-2012 at 09:57 AM · [top]

I am happy to report that Dabney Smith, the bishop of Southwest Florida, joined three of Florida’s other bishops in voting against A049, although I do not expect that it will mean much.  John Lipscomb was the last orthodox Anglo-Catholic bishop we will ever have in this diocese and he has been succeeded by a “muddling moderate” who keeps moving steadily to the left. 

In 2007, Bishop Smith initially gave his approval for Bishop Gene Robinson to appear at a flagship revisionist parish in Sarasota.  Strenuous objections were raised by conservatives throughout the diocese and, in response, Bishop Smith changed his mind and asked Robinson not to come.  But that approach didn’t work a second time and, in January, 2011, guess who was finally able to accept the invitation?

Florida’s Marriage Protection Amendment passed handily in 2008 with 55% of the vote.  That’s just as well for the proponents of A049 since no one’s getting “married” yet . . . right?  There’s additional good news for them since Bishop Smith is assuring us that “I voted no on the resolution and I want to be very clear that I was not voting no against people who love each other.”  Presumably, those involved in doing so will not be expected to love each other only “provisionally,” although Bishop Smith hasn’t made it clear yet exactly how much of that he’s going to allow in Church.

A couple of hints are available, however.  “I’ve already informed the Standing Committee that if it passed, I will first meet with the Chancellor, then the Standing Committee, then with the priests,” and “I find it interesting that I know diocesan bishops who voted yes, who are not going to allow blessings and diocesan bishops who voted no who are,” said Smith.

Conservatives in this diocese are entitled to suspect that Bishop Smith’s vote was nothing more than a meaningless exercise in CYA and we think we know to which category of diocesan bishops he belongs.  He’s right, it’s all very interesting.

[44] Posted by episcopalienated on 7-12-2012 at 08:43 AM · [top]

If the Episcopal Church wasn’t already bleeding members and pledges before, now they have decided to open the veins of both wrists. To publicly present to the world that the church is embracing, and blessing, a sin that is named and listed in Holy scripture reveals that it has lost all credibility in the world. At the same time, the doors are being flung wide open to accept every manner of sexual perversion and deviance as being normal. I certainly hope I’m proven wrong, but It will only be a matter of time before a huge church based scandal ranking alongside the recent Penn State events shows up in the papers. They better get ready to lawyer-up. You can’t attract this many flies without a stink.

[45] Posted by Laytone on 7-13-2012 at 10:09 AM · [top]

Hey Jackie, is there a tally now for the vote?


[46] Posted by BabyBlue on 8-6-2012 at 03:20 PM · [top]

Re [45], see Ecclesiastes 10:10.

[47] Posted by Don+ on 8-6-2012 at 04:23 PM · [top]

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