(Living Church) An Action of Solidarity in the House of Deputies

Posted by Kendall Harmon

More than 30 deputies stood in silent protest July 12 of the Episcopal Church’s provisional rite for blessing same-sex couples. After the Rev. Canon Neal Michell read The Indianapolis Statement to the House of Deputies, about three dozen deputies rose in solidarity.

Signed by 14 current and retired bishops, the statement says the rite is for all practical purposes a wedding service and contradicts biblical theology and the Book of Common Prayer. The statement also reaffirms the dissenting bishops’ commitment to gay and lesbian Christians, to their dioceses, and “to the Anglican Communion of which the Episcopal Church is a constituent member, and to the historic See of Canterbury with whom we are in communion.”

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Filed under: * Anglican - EpiscopalEpiscopal Church (TEC)General Convention --Gen. Con. 2012Sexuality Debate (in Anglican Communion)Same-sex blessings

Posted July 12, 2012 at 5:00 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. David Keller wrote:

For those ofmyoumwhomhave never been to GC, that took a lot of courage. I salute them.

July 12, 7:50 pm | [comment link]
2. SC blu cat lady wrote:

WOW! That is indeed taking a courageous stance. God bless those deputies!

July 13, 2:31 am | [comment link]
3. Bill Cavanaugh wrote:

As one of the thirty who stood up at that moment, the saddest thing was to see how tiny a minority we had become in the House of Deputies, and presumably in the church at large.  Sadness is my main emotion after this General Convention.

July 13, 11:42 am | [comment link]
4. SC blu cat lady wrote:

God bless you, Bill Cavanaugh! I realize that some are very happy that things are going their way but I agree with you- sadness is indeed my main emotion after this convention. I think I am beginning to understand how my parents felt decades ago.

July 13, 3:30 pm | [comment link]
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