Thanks be for D025!
So I said I wouldn't be blogging about General Convention, but I do want to briefly express my thanks to the many deputies participating today, the day that Resolution D025 passed the House of Deputies! To the 30% or so who voted no, thank you for participating, and for your continued participation, fellowship, and love. To those who voted yes, especially those on the blogroll who will stumble across this message of gratitude, THANK YOU! I am so proud to be a part of such a welcoming, affirming, and inclusive church! May the House of Bishops take the same bold and affirming stance. Even if this move leads to the shrinking of The Episcopal Church, it does help the larger Body of Christ to grow, and that is nothing but a good thing.
For the "uninitiated," the resolution, in a nutshell, says this: One, the Episcopal Church will continue its love, gratitude, participation, and full financial support in and of the Anglican Communion and its various instruments of polity and communion. Two, we recognize the presence of committed, monogamous homosexual couples within our church and the importance of listening to homosexual voices. Three, in a move that more or less overturns the 2006 resolution, "affirm that God has called and may call such individuals to any ordained ministry in The Episcopal Church, which call is tested through our discernment processes acting in accordance with the Constitutions and Canons of The Episcopal Church." Four, perhaps most importantly, we respect persisting disagreements over this issue. Full text of the resolution here.