Diocese of Huron: Protocols and Guidelines for a Civil Marriage for same-sex Couples

Posted by Kendall Harmon


1. These celebrations are understood to be a pastoral response to same-sex couples in our communities. The rite is to be part of a Celebration of Holy Eucharist.
2. The clergy involved must seek the Bishop’s support and written permission a minimum of sixty (60) days before the proposed celebration.
3. Matters pertaining to the use of facilities, ceremonial planning and local arrangements will be made with the approval of the Rector of the parish in which the celebration is to take place.
4. It is required that at least one member of the couple be a baptized member of a congregation in the Diocese of Huron.
5. Appropriate pastoral support and instruction must be given at the local level in order to prepare the couple for the celebration and their ongoing Christian life in relationship.
6. As with all liturgical celebrations of the church, these events will be entered into the Parish Register (Vestry Book).
7. Clergy from beyond the Diocese of Huron shall obtain permission from the Bishop of Huron and their own Bishop.
8. Any member of the clergy may decline to preside at these celebrations.

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Filed under: * Anglican - EpiscopalAnglican ProvincesAnglican Church of CanadaSexuality Debate (in Anglican Communion)Same-sex blessings* Christian Life / Church LifeLiturgy, Music, WorshipParish Ministry

Posted November 25, 2009 at 4:16 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. rugbyplayingpriest wrote:

Out of interest which books is this recorded in? Surely the marriage registers would be not be in order but none exists for this innovative gesture?

November 25, 5:26 pm | [comment link]
2. Archer_of_the_Forest wrote:

Interesting that it has to be part of a Eucharist. I am not certain what the norm is in the Church of Canada, but in the Episcopal church, a marriage liturgy at least has the option of a Eucharist or not.

November 25, 5:51 pm | [comment link]
3. Ralph wrote:

Closing a ceremony like this with Black Mass seems quite fitting.

Very sad news from Canada. The schism continues.

November 25, 5:59 pm | [comment link]
4. barthianfinn wrote:

Anglican covenant, here we come.

November 26, 2:02 am | [comment link]
5. rugbyplayingpriest wrote:

My how lovely Pope Benedict’s offer looks to Anglo Catholics this morning

November 26, 4:21 am | [comment link]
6. Ian+ wrote:

To #1: We have a stack of books in the Cdn church- the vestry book, in which +Huron says to record the deed, is the one in which we record all services. Then we have the marriage register, along with the baptism, confirmation and burial registers. So maybe the Bp thinks that as long as it’s not recorded in the marriage register, no one will really think it’s a marriage, or at least they won’t be as upset.

November 26, 1:27 pm | [comment link]
7. rwkachur wrote:

History also teaches us that point 8 is the one most likely to be discarded first…

November 26, 9:21 pm | [comment link]
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