Skip to comments.Marriage for All at All Saints Church (Episcopalians Begin Gay Marriages)
Posted on 05/22/2008 5:39:17 PM PDT by kaehurowing
Marriage for All at All Saints Church
Press Release sent from All Saints Church, Pasadena this afternoon:
All Saints Church, Pasadena rector, J. Edwin Bacon, Jr., announced today that the church will treat equally all couples presenting themselves for the rite of marriage. The announcement followed a special meeting of the All Saints Church Vestry, which unanimously adopted a Resolution on Marriage Equality [below] in response to the May 15, 2008 ruling of the California Supreme Court.
Todays decision is consistent with All Saints Church, Pasadenas identity as a peace and justice church, said Bacon, following the historic vote. It also aligns us with the Scriptures mandate to make Gods love tangible by doing justice and loving mercy (Micah 6:8) and with the canons of our Episcopal Church that forbid discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
In this our 125th year, this mornings decision was a natural step forward on All Saints lengthy journey of justice, peace, and inclusion, Bacon concluded. As the rector of All Saints Church, I am inspired by the visionary stride All Saints lay leaders took today. I am honored to serve a church where the leadership demonstrates such stirring courage to move beyond lip service about embodying Gods inclusive love to actually committing our faith community to the practice of marriage equality.
As a priest and pastor, I anticipate with great joy strengthening our support of the sanctity of marriage as I marry both gay and straight members and thus more fully live out my ordination vow to nourish all people from the goodness of Gods grace.
For further information contact: Keith Holeman, Director of Communications 626.583.2739 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MARRIAGE EQUALITY RESOLUTION Adopted by the Vestry of All Saints Church, Pasadena, California on May 22, 2008
WHEREAS, our baptismal covenant commits us to strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being;
WHEREAS, Holy Scripture reveals that we are all created in Gods image and that God embraces all people as equally precious;
WHEREAS, the Vision Statement of All Saints Church, Pasadena, calls us to embody the inclusive love of God in Christ and our Foundational Values urge us to be dispersed throughout this multicultural region for courageous and risk-filled work of peace and justice;
WHEREAS, All Saints Church, Pasadena, currently blesses same-sex unions, but does not perform the rite of marriage for same-sex couples;
WHEREAS, on May 15, 2008, the California Supreme Court issued its decision holding that marriage is a basic civil right of personal autonomy and liberty to which all persons are entitled without regard to their sexual orientation; and
WHEREAS, as a result of the Supreme Courts decision, on June 16, 2008, the State of California will begin to license and recognize same-sex marriages;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Rector, Wardens and Vestry do declare that, as of June 16, 2008, All Saints Church, Pasadena will treat all couples presenting themselves for the rite of marriage equally.
This is why I am no longer an Episcopalian.
As opposed to a truth and salvation church.
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Not to mention allowing these deviants full access to kids.
Yeah, I left the church 20 years ago - they were getting crazy then.
I left 10 years ago.
The “falling away” of the churches.
That’ll fill the pews. Tell sinners sin isn’t sin. Call it holy, and virtuous. We are so much more enlightened now. It is not enough to love the sinner. We must elevate the sin, too. The Holy Spirit is still speaking? Well, SOMEBODY is speaking... Diabolic disorientation.
What a perfect response!
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
The LORD Extolled for His Goodness.
A Psalm of Praise, of David.
I will extol You, (B)my God, O King,
And I will bless Your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless You,
And I will praise Your name forever and ever.
Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised,
And His greatness is unsearchable.
One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of Your majesty
And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.
Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts,
And I will tell of Your greatness.
They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness
And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness.
The LORD is gracious and merciful;
Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness.
The LORD is good to all,
And Hismercies are over all His works.
All Your works shall give thanks to You, O LORD,
And Your godly ones shall bless You.
They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom
And talk of Your power;
To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts
And the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.
The LORD sustains all who fall
And raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to You,
And You give them their food in due time.
You open Your hand
And satisfy the desire of every living thing.
The LORD is righteous in all His ways
And kind in all His deeds.
The LORD is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.
He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him;
He will also hear their cry and will save them.
The LORD keeps all who love Him,
But all the wicked He will destroy.
My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD,
And all flesh will bless His holy name forever and ever.
The Bible says that in the last days God would send a strong delusion that men would believe a lie and be damned. The perversion of nature homosexual marriage promotes convinces me that the delusion is in full mode and that the judgment coming upon the earth is only delayed because of God’s mercy.
Just ONE of the reasons I left the Episcopal church 26 years ago - saw it goind downhill back then. I certainly made the right choice. No more of my money goes to the very liberal National Council of Churches.
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