“I Will Bless You, and You Will Be a Blessing”Resources for Blessing Same-Gender Relationships
prepared byThe Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music of the Episcopal ChurchMarch 7, 2012
In 2009, the 76
General Convention of The Episcopal Church directed the StandingCommission on Liturgy and Music to develop theological and liturgical resources for blessingsame-gender relationships (Resolution 2009-C056). This document contains some of theresources the Commission has developed:
Faith, Hope, and Love: Theological Resources for Blessing Same-Gender Relationships
The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant: Liturgical Resources for BlessingSame-Gender Relationships
Declaration of Intention (intended to be parallel to the declaration called for in CanonI.18.3 (e-g)This portion of the report of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music is intended for theconsideration of the 77
General Convention (2012) of The Episcopal Church, and for study inpreparation for that Convention. None of the material in this document is authorized for use inThe Episcopal Church.In addition to the resources, we have appended to this document the texts of the resolutions thatthe Commission is proposing to General Convention. It will be the responsibility of the Bishopsand Deputies Legislative Committees on Prayer Book, Liturgy, and Church Music to hold publichearings on the resolutions and then make a recommendation to the legislative houses. TheHouse of Bishops will then debate and vote on each resolution, and if a resolution is adopted,send it to the House of Deputies which will debate and vote whether to concur. The legislationmust be adopted by both houses in the same form in order for the resolution to pass.The Commission is releasing these materials to bishops and deputies now so that they areavailable for discussion at the March 2012 meeting of the House of Bishops and discussion in theDeputy Online Forum.The Commission’s complete report will be included with the reports to General Convention 2012from all Committees, Commissions, Agencies and Boards (“the Blue Book”). The GeneralConvention Office expects to publish those reports in April 2012.