Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island Statement on the Blessing of Same-Sex Relationships

Posted by Kendall Harmon

[Resolution] A049...specifies that the liturgy will not be authorized for use until the first Sunday in Advent 2012, which is December 2nd of this year. Due to Bishop Wolf’s retirement and Bishop Elect Nicholas Knisely’s consecration November 17th, the implementation of this liturgy will be at his direction in consultation with others.

Bishop Elect Nicholas Knisely did not have vote at this year’s General Convention, but during his election process this past May he spoke publically in support of authorizing a blessing of same-sex relationships while at the same time honoring the diversity of opinion on this subject in Rhode Island Episcopal Parishes.

Bishop Elect Knisely reminds Rhode Island Episcopalians of Roger William’s legacy of religious tolerance. He said this week “How do we live into a world where people disagree? We are Episcopalians. We understand and fully expect that we won’t agree. That would be a “pure” church – and we have historically rejected that understanding of how to live as God’s people in the world. We find our unity in common prayer.”

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Filed under: * Anglican - EpiscopalEpiscopal Church (TEC)General Convention --Gen. Con. 2012TEC BishopsTEC ParishesSexuality Debate (in Anglican Communion)Same-sex blessings* Christian Life / Church LifeLiturgy, Music, WorshipParish Ministry

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Posted July 12, 2012 at 3:32 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. BlueOntario wrote:

Common prayer? Not so much, for the bishop elect appears to disregard the Articles of Religion and worse, the Holy Scripture. TEc is become merely U/U good feelings with the trappings of a liturgy and as Christian as Mormanism.

July 12, 9:36 pm | [comment link]
2. Big Vicar wrote:

The sound you hear is Roger Williams spinning like a lathe.

July 12, 10:19 pm | [comment link]
3. MichaelA wrote:

This is the bishop-elect of the diocese that had to close its cathedral because it couldn’t pay the bills, right?

July 13, 2:50 am | [comment link]
4. Don C wrote:

MichaelA, that is correct.

July 13, 10:40 am | [comment link]
5. Don C wrote:

I also must add that I’m disappointed in Geralyn Wolf. While we always knew her to be the most ‘moderate’ of the Communion Partner bishops, I had expected her to vote against this.

July 13, 10:51 am | [comment link]
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