Three bishops from the US-based Episcopal Church (TEC) have proposed a compromise resolution on same-sex marriage which they hope will move the church forwards in an "atmosphere of mutual respect, reconciliation and the love of Jesus Christ".
Resolution B012 – produced in response to the work of the Task Force on the Study of Marriage -- would re-authorise two trial-use marriage rites which were first approved at the last General Convention in 2015 without time limit and without seeking a revision of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. Significantly, the resolution proposes that access to the liturgies be provided in all dioceses, without requiring the permission of the diocesan bishop. It has been put forward by the Bishop of Long Island, Lawrence Provenzano, the Bishop of Pittsburgh, Dorsey McConnell and the Bishop of Rhode Island Nicholas Knisely.
The move comes as clergy and laity from across TEC prepare to head for Austin, Texas, for the church’s 79th General Convention which begins on Friday.
In a news release, the bishops said: “Given our particular time in history, this resolution provides a way forward for the whole church without the possible disruption of ministry that might be caused by the proposed revision of the Book of Common Prayer.” The move has also prompted a broadly positive response from the Communion Partners of the Episcopal Church.
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