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July 10, 2012


House of Deputies Passes Same-Sex Blessing Resolution

The Episcopal Church’s House of Deputies today, in a vote by orders, passed Resolution A049, authorizing the use of same-sex blessing rites.

Vote tallies are as follows

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


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Kendall+ is quick on the draw!  I just hit refresh at T19 and saw he’s got a statement in response to the official authorization of SSBs up as the top post at T19.

MUST READING.
http://www.kendallharmon.net/t19/index.php/t19/article/43880/

May our Lord Jesus grant grace to all orthodox still within TEC to know exactly how to respond and “differentiate” and stand against these umbiblical actions.

Praying for you all.

[1] Posted by Karen B. on 7-10-2012 at 05:58 PM · [top]

Bless Kendall+ - I had the same experience Karen and I so needed to hear those words. Prayers for all of us in our varied situations, for God’s mercy, grace and guidance.

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

Interesting- From the totals 110 dioceses had voting laity, but 111 had voting clergy.  Misprint, or is there some missionary society or something where clergy get a vote and laity do not?  Or just the usual TEC math skills?

I’m guessing at least 8 of the nays in each order came from “foreign” dioceses, which would mean there are only 14 dioceses that can claim any level of orthodoxy domestically.  And when you figure there may have been a few using the same logic as some bishops (“I am in favor, but the diocese just isn’t ready yet”), it may be less than that. 

Prayers for all of you still in TEC.

[3] Posted by tjmcmahon on 7-10-2012 at 06:18 PM · [top]

Count +Georgia as being “I’m in favor but the diocese just isn’t ready.” I would be interested to know how the diocese’s deputation voted - still puzzled by why Canon Logue apparently decided late in the game to run for president of HoD??? We can probably guess who most of the faithful are.

[4] Posted by oscewicee on 7-10-2012 at 06:54 PM · [top]

The entire Fort Worth lay delegates voted YES. Katie Sheerod was kind enough to take a picture of the ballot on twitter. They all must be thrilled. grin

[5] Posted by martin5 on 7-10-2012 at 06:58 PM · [top]

No offense to Rev. Harmon, but he probably had this one ready two weeks ago.  It’s not like this was a big surprise.

The shocker would have been if this DIDN’T pass.  That’s the primary reason to have this gathering of heretics.

[6] Posted by Bill2 on 7-10-2012 at 06:58 PM · [top]

O Gracious Father, we humbly beseech thee for thy holy, Catholic Church, that thou wouldest be pleased to fill it with all truth, in all peace.  Where it is corrupt,purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in anything it is amiss, reform it. Where it is right, establish it; where it is want, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake of him who died and rose again, and ever liveth to make intercession for us, Jesus Christ, thy son, our Lord.  Amen.

BCP 1928 p 37

[7] Posted by tjmcmahon on 7-10-2012 at 07:19 PM · [top]

That vote of Fort Worth was:
yes:4 clergy, 4 lay

[8] Posted by martin5 on 7-10-2012 at 07:24 PM · [top]

Yes Martin5 they were bragging about it on twitter.  Sad. We both know some of them so this was expected.  The Rump stacked the deck.

[9] Posted by bob+ on 7-10-2012 at 07:43 PM · [top]

Bully for Harmon+, I’m thrilled to see him take such a clear, bold stand.

[10] Posted by Jeffersonian on 7-10-2012 at 07:53 PM · [top]

Good for Kendall Harmon+!

[11] Posted by Nellie on 7-10-2012 at 08:16 PM · [top]

  In particular, the Primates request, through the Presiding Bishop, that the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church 1. make an unequivocal common covenant that the bishops will not authorise any Rite of Blessing for same-sex unions in their dioceses or through General Convention (cf TWR, §143, 144); and 2. confirm that the passing of Resolution B033 of the 75th General Convention means that a candidate for episcopal orders living in a same-sex union shall not receive the necessary consent (cf TWR, §134);  . . .unless some new consensus on these matters emerges across the Communion (cf TWR, §134). If the reassurances requested of the House of Bishops cannot in good conscience be given, the relationship between The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion as a whole remains damaged at best, and this has consequences for the full participation of the Church in the life of the Communion.

I’ve a hunch that Rowan hasn’t enjoyed his relationship with TEC.  He has enabled them every step of the way, to be sure.  Now he is retiring and contemplating his historical legacy—a broken communion.  I wonder what is going through his mind.

[12] Posted by Jill Woodliff on 7-10-2012 at 08:30 PM · [top]

2Cr 6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
2Cr 6:17   Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

[13] Posted by Cynthia Gee(AKA CJ/goldndog) on 7-10-2012 at 10:19 PM · [top]

bob+,
Yes but it sad to see how far away from the Gospel they have gone in such a short time.

[14] Posted by martin5 on 7-10-2012 at 11:15 PM · [top]

#7 tj, Amen, and we should be praying for TEC, as well.

[15] Posted by James Manley on 7-11-2012 at 06:51 AM · [top]

No surprize here…totally expected.  But totally sad.  TEC is headed down a dark path.

[16] Posted by B. Hunter on 7-11-2012 at 07:36 AM · [top]

TEC is headed towrd extinction.

[17] Posted by Nellie on 7-11-2012 at 08:10 AM · [top]

I was glad to see that more than 20 per cent of the clergy and lay deputations voted against approving a rite for same-sex blessings.  With an average Sunday attendance of 700,000 that gives 140.000 opposed - 20 times Elijah’s 7000 who have not bowed the knee to Baal.

[18] Posted by TomRightmyer on 7-11-2012 at 09:30 AM · [top]

Good point Tom.  Pray for these believers, whether they stay or go, but particularly if they stay.

[19] Posted by MichaelA on 7-11-2012 at 09:36 AM · [top]

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