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A series of essays toward General Convention 2003 and beyond



RESOLVED, that this ____________ convention of the Episcopal Diocese of ________, concurs with the commitment of General Convention "to continued prayer, study and discernment of the pastoral care for gay and lesbian persons," [Resolution D039, GC2000] and concurs in the recognition "that local faith communities are operating within the bounds of our common life as they experience liturgies celebrating and blessing same-sex unions" [Resolution C051, GC2003]; and be it further

RESOLVED, that this convention, desiring to support relationships "characterized by fidelity, monogamy, mutual affection and respect, careful honest communication, and the holy love which enables those in such relationships to see in each other the image of God" existing "throughout the church," [Resolution D039, GC2000] does hereby authorize the conduct of ceremonies to celebrate such relationships by the clergy of this diocese, with the approval of the Bishop. As in marriage, no clergy person is under obligation to provide this service if anything about the relationship violates her or his conscience; {and be it further

RESOLVED, that this convention requests that the Bishop appoint a committee to assemble resources and rites for use by clergy of the diocese to affect the previous resolutions.}

EXPLANATION: General Convention 2000 pointed to the need for services celebrating committed, monogamous same-sex relationships and General Convention 2003 noted with approval that such services are being widely held throughout the Episcopal Church. Such services have been held in this diocese. This resolution is intended to make clear that such services are approved in this diocese, with the concurrence of the bishop, although no member of the clergy is obliged to officiate at such a service. {The resolution also calls for the diocese to assemble and/or write appropriate rites so that they are available to clergy wishing to use them.}

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