Dallas bishop’s plan for allowing same-sex marriage involves Missouri bishop’s oversight

Episcopal News Service === Three parishes in the Diocese of Dallas have asked to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies under a General Convention compromise with Bishop George Sumner and other conservative diocesan bishops, and Sumner announced this week that Missouri Bishop Wayne Smith will provide pastoral oversight of those three parishes. The move, based on Sumner’s interpretation of … More Dallas bishop’s plan for allowing same-sex marriage involves Missouri bishop’s oversight

A Message from the Rt. Rev. Thomas C. Ely, Bishop of Vermont

To follow is a letter from the Rt. Rev. Thomas C. Ely, Bishop of Vermont, that comes in response to the recent pastoral letter from the Bishop of Albany regarding compliance with General Convention Resolution B012dealing with trial marriage rites and marriage equality. Bishop Ely says, “I write this simply to reaffirm my deep commitment to the full … More A Message from the Rt. Rev. Thomas C. Ely, Bishop of Vermont

Tensions rise in Diocese of Albany over bishop’s rejection of same-sex marriage compromise

[Episcopal News Service] Albany Bishop William Love’s refusal to accept a General Convention compromise on same-sex marriage has sent shockwaves through his New York diocese, with his supporters and those who oppose his decision both expressing uncertainty about what will happen next. “We were not prepared for the level of condemnation and venom in his letter,” said Nadya … More Tensions rise in Diocese of Albany over bishop’s rejection of same-sex marriage compromise

Presiding Officers Respond to Albany Bishop’s Letter

On Saturday, Bishop William H. Love of the Diocese of Albany released a letter (trigger warning:  homophobia) to his diocese informing them that he would not abide by Resolution B012 of the 2018 General Convention, “Marriage Rites for the Whole Church.” Today Presiding Bishop Curry and House of Deputies President Jennings released these statements in response: From Presiding Bishop Michael … More Presiding Officers Respond to Albany Bishop’s Letter

Albany bishop draws red line, challenges authority of GC

 Jon White writes in The Episcopal Cafe: “In a pastoral letter to his diocese, the Bishop of Albany has stated his refusal to live within Resolution B012 (Marriage Rites for the Whole Church) passed at General Convention last summer. The resolution, is scheduled to take effect on Advent 1 of this years and the pertinent sections are in resolves … More Albany bishop draws red line, challenges authority of GC

World AIDS Day 2018 theme encourages everyone to know their HIV status

This year’s theme for World AIDS Day, which will be marking its 30th anniversary on 1 December, will be “Know your status”. Significant progress has been made in the AIDS response since 1988, and today three in four people living with HIV know their status. But we still have miles to go, as the latest … More World AIDS Day 2018 theme encourages everyone to know their HIV status

The Christian Guilty Conscience Over the History of Anti-Semitism Isn’t Enough

”On the action tip, what are we prepared to do beyond the statements and the solidarity vigils now taking place? If ever there were a moment to rededicate ourselves to working for radical inclusion, this would be that moment. Those of us who have pulpits or other platforms should say clearly, Yes, we are internationalists—and … More The Christian Guilty Conscience Over the History of Anti-Semitism Isn’t Enough

Choosing between the Scottish Episcopal Church, the ACNA, and marriage equality in Edinburgh

Rosalind Hughes reports: ”It was July 2006, and the United Kingdom’s Parliament had recently authorized Civil Partnerships in what would become a first step towards marriage equality. The bishops and synods had yet to agree on how the church would respond, but in a parish outside Edinburgh, a quiet but steadfastly joyful celebration was slipping under … More Choosing between the Scottish Episcopal Church, the ACNA, and marriage equality in Edinburgh

New Survey Finds Shifts in Americans’ Views on Religiously Based Service Refusals for Same-Sex Wedding Celebrations

A new study released by PRRI finds the public divided over whether business owners should be allowed to refuse to provide wedding-related services to same-sex couples if it violates their religious beliefs. Forty-six percent of Americans say they should be allowed to refuse services, and 48 percent say they should be required to provide them. … More New Survey Finds Shifts in Americans’ Views on Religiously Based Service Refusals for Same-Sex Wedding Celebrations