As has been reported, this 77th meeting of the General Convention has passed a resolution authorizing a provisional rite for the blessing of same sex unions. With the passage of this resolution- entitled, “The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant”- individual bishops will be authorized to permit this rite in their respective dioceses.
To be clear, this rite is not understood to be marriage, but rather a generous pastoral response to those living in a lifelong monogamous relationship.
I support this resolution. Having said that, permission for clergy to use this provisional rite in the Diocese of Northwest Texas will not be granted until we have completed a lengthy period of prayerful discernment.
Undoubtedly, the action of this General Convention pleases some and disappoints others. It is my prayer that as we discuss this among ourselves, we respect and honor one another with an interior posture of humility and faith.
With affection and gratitude, I remain your servant in Christ,