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    South Florida Episcopal Priests Offer Spiritual Support For Gay Unions

    By Lois K. Solomon, Sun Sentinel - December 4, 2012

    Gay couples who seek spiritual affirmation of their relationships can now sanctify their unions with special blessings at South Florida's Episcopal churches.

    Priests in the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida have been given permission to perform a distinct rite, different from the marriage between a man and a woman. Called "The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant," the ceremony, to be introduced this month, was approved by national convention delegates over the summer. [Read Full Story]


    Liturgy for Blessing Same-Sex Relationships Begins Provisional Use

    By Sharon Sheridan, Episcopal News Service - December 3, 2012

    In the final debate before General Convention approved a provisional church liturgy to bless the lifelong relationships of same-sex couples, Episcopal Diocese of Chicago Deputy Ian Hallas, 22, spoke about his sister, Louisa, and her civil union.

    “The love that she shares with her partner is unconditional and speaks to the ideal relationships all of us should strive to have,” he told the House of Deputies on July 10 in Indianapolis. “I often get asked by churchgoers and nonchurchgoers why I am a part of this body. The reason I return is for my sister. I seek to assure that she not only has the same rites as myself but also the same privileges.” [Read Full Story]


    S.C. Episcopalians Say Split Goes Beyond Gay Debate

    By Amanda Greene, Religion News Service/The Washington Post - Nov. 2, 2012

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The night before the Diocese of South Carolina announced its secession from the Episcopal Church two weeks ago, the Rev. Tom Woodle met with members of his Myrtle Beach church, The Well by the Sea.

    He wanted to warn them and tell them what he knew. Most of his parishioners were relieved and felt the change was long overdue, Woodle said. [Read Full Story]


    Episcopal Church approves same-sex blessing service

    By Michael Pearson, CNN - July 10, 2012

    (CNN) – Episcopal priests will be allowed to conduct services blessing same-sex relationships under a policy approved Tuesday at the church's national convention in Indianapolis.

    The convention's House of Bishops approved the provisional policy 111-41 with three abstentions Monday, clearing it for consideration by the House of Deputies, which approved it Tuesday evening.

    The policy was approved in the House of Deputies, following more than an hour of debate, by 78% of the voting lay members and by 76% of clergy. [Read Full Story]

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    Robinson documentary takes center stage at Sundance  

    By Religion News Service - January 25, 2012

    It’s been years since the incident, but Bishop Gene Robinson’s heart still races when he sees it on film.

    Robinson, the Episcopal Church’s first openly bishop, was preaching in London when a man in the audience stood and began yelling at him. The heckler waved a motorcycle helmet in his hand as he ranted. Robinson silently wondered if he was hiding a gun or a bomb beneath it.

    Ultimately, the man was escorted from the church, but the moment reminded everyone, including Robinson, of the risks of taking a stand. [Read Full Story]

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