November 26, 2013
[Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh] Bishop Dorsey McConnell has granted permission for clergy in the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh to bless same-sex relationships. In a Nov. 25 pastoral letter, McConnell announced that the decision of whether or not to bless same-sex relationships may be made by each pastor, in his or her own parish. The pastoral letter is accompanied by a provisional rite for blessing same-sex relationships, as authorized for trial use by the Episcopal Church...
November 21, 2013
[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (SCLM) has issued a reminder to submit feedback through a survey about the new resources for blessing same-sex relationships.
The survey is located here.
In 2012, the General Convention passed Resolution A049 commending “Liturgical Resources 1: I Will...
October 4, 2013
[Anglican Church of Southern Africa] The Anglican Church of Southern Africa has urged its bishops to provide guidelines for giving pastoral care to same-sex couples who have entered civil unions under South African law.
The church’s ruling Provincial Synod, currently meeting in Benoni, South Africa, on Oct. 4 adopted a resolution urging its Synod of Bishops to finalize guidelines “as soon as possible.”
“The church neither marries same-sex couples, nor...