{amendment of our life together}

With all the attention given to General Convention’s Resolution B033, which was rammed through the House of Deputies at the 11th hour with strongarm tactics from the Presiding Bishop and Presiding Bishop Elect, and which was reported in the media as a committment on the part of the Episcopal Church to not ordain GLBT persons as bishops, I find it interesting how little attention has been given to another resolution.

I refer to Resolution A167, which was concurred by both Houses, and which reads as follows:

Resolution A167
Title: “Full and Equal Claim” for All the Baptized
Topic: Justice
Committee: 10. Social and Urban Affairs
House of Initial Action: Bishops
Proposer: Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion

Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That the 75th General Convention of The Episcopal Church reaffirm that gay and lesbian persons are by Baptism full members of the Body of Christ and of The Episcopal Church as “children of God who have a full and equal claim with all other persons upon the love, acceptance, and pastoral concern and care of the Church” (GC 1976-A069); and be it further

Resolved, That the 75th General Convention reiterate its apology “on behalf of The Episcopal Church to its members who are gay or lesbian, and to lesbians and gay men outside the Church, for years of rejection and maltreatment by the Church,” and recommit to “seek amendment of our life together as we ask God’s help in sharing the Good News with all people” (GC1997-D011); and be it further

Resolved, That, in evidence of that apology, The Episcopal Church pledge to include openly gay and lesbian persons on every committee, commission or task force developed for the specific purpose of discussing issues about sexuality and request the same of our sister churches in the Anglican Communion and Anglican Communion bodies; and be it further

Resolved, That the 75th General Convention reiterate that “our baptism into Jesus Christ is inseparable from our communion with one another, and we commit ourselves to that communion despite our diversity of opinion and, among dioceses, a diversity of pastoral practice with the gay men and lesbians among us” (GC2003–C051).

* FINAL VERSION – Concurred

If TEC is really serious about the “amendment of our life together”, then I look forward to seeing the pledge I’ve highlighted above being implemented vigorously and completely by the new Presiding Bishop.

UPDATE: This resolution also passed:

Resolution A095
Title: Gay and Lesbian Affirmation
Topic: Civil Rights
Committee: 10. Social and Urban Affairs
House of Initial Action: Bishops
Proposer: National Concerns

Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That the 75th General Convention reaffirm the Episcopal Church’s historical support of gay and lesbian persons as children of God and entitled to full civil rights; and be it further

Resolved, That the 75th General Convention reaffirm the 71st General Convention’s action calling upon “municipal council, state legislatures and the United States Congress to approve measures giving gay and lesbian couples protection[s] such as: bereavement and family leave policies; health benefits; pension benefits; real-estate transfer tax benefits; and commitments to mutual support enjoyed by non-gay married couples”; and be it further

Resolved, That the 75th General Convention oppose any state or federal constitutional amendment that prohibits same-sex civil marriage or civil unions.

* FINAL VERSION – Concurred

I’m sure you won’t hear about this in the media, either.

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4 Responses to “{amendment of our life together}”

  1. Clif Says:

    As a faithful Episcopalian, my response to this is, sadly, that the Convention has said that gays don’t have to sit in the back of the balcony at the movie theatre except for certain really important movies where, naturally, they should understand that they are lucky to be allowed in the same theatre with straight people in the first place. It just doesn’t wash. Fuck Peter Akinola.

  2. Res Publica Says:

    Believe me, clif, I’m right there with you.

  3. Res Publica Says:

    Oh, and Clif? I made the t-shirt with you in mind. 🙂

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