No easy solution to same-sex marriage issue, secretary general tells Synod

[Anglican Communion News Service] Resolving issues around human sexuality within the Anglican Communion is like threading a needle – and there is no one solution in sight at present, the secretary general of the Communion has told the Church of England Synod. Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon said the disagreements and struggles facing the Church of England […]

Task Force on the Study of Marriage offers report, seeks input on ‘Dearly Beloved’ toolkit

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[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The General Convention Task Force on the Study of Marriage has provided the following report and seeks input from Episcopalians on “Dearly Beloved.” The task force is outlined in Resolution A037. The task force report follows. Task Force on the Study of Marriage seeks input about “Dearly […]

Trinity Church Boston celebrates sacred, secular marriage equality

[Trinity Church Boston] “Who am I to judge?” These words echoed repeatedly through the sermon given at Trinity Church in Boston by the Hon. Margaret Marshall, retired chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, at a choral Evensong in thanksgiving for marriage equality throughout the United States and throughout the Episcopal Church. Quoting Pope […]

Task Force on the Study of Marriage maps out triennial work

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Episcopal Church’s Task Force on the Study of Marriage has mapped out its work for the next triennium. The Task Force, at its recent first meeting, addressed its charge from Resolution A037from the 2015 General Convention. The Rev. Brian Taylor, chair, commented, “Once again, our charge is […]

20 bishops sign minority report on marriage equality

The 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church, in passing Resolutions A036 and A054, has made a significant change in the Church’s understanding of Christian marriage. As bishops of the Church, we must dissent from these actions. We affirm Minority Report #1, which was appended to the text of Resolution A036: The nature, purpose, and […]

Marriage-equality resolutions advance to House of Deputies

[Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] Four days after the U.S. Supreme Court made marriage equality the law of the land, the House of Bishops approved two new marriage liturgies for trial use and a canonical change to remove references to marriage as being between a man and a woman. The resolutions now move […]

Supreme Court marriage ruling draws applause in Salt Lake City

Decision comes as General Convention debates marriage theology, sacramental rites  

[Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] Applause broke out in legislative committee meetings around the Salt Palace Convention Center here when General Convention participants received word about the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling June 26 that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to be married. The ruling came just as Episcopalians began debating the […]

Marriage task force calls for gender-neutral language in marriage canon

Proposed change would allow clergy to solemnize same-sex unions

[Episcopal News Service] The A050 Task Force on the Study of Marriage is recommending that the 2015 meeting of General Convention authorize Episcopal Church clergy to officiate at same-sex marriages. The task force proposes the change in its just-released Blue Book report by way of a resolution (numbered A036) that would revise Canon I.18 titled “Of […]

Task Force on Study of Marriage presents final report

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Episcopal Church Task Force on the Study of Marriage has presented its final report to the 78th General Convention and to the Church, and for inclusion in Reports to General Convention, commonly referred to as The Blue Book. The 122 page report in English is here. […]

Canadian commission begins work on proposed marriage canon revision

[General Synod Communications press release] The [Anglican Church of Canada’s] Commission on the Marriage Canon met for the first time April 3-4 at the offices of the General Synod in Toronto. The eight commissioners, who come from across Canada and from varied backgrounds, began their day and a half together by becoming acquainted with one […]