Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music
Digital Archive of Liturgical Resources for Blessing Same-Sex Relationships
General Convention Resolution 2012-A049

The following responses were submitted to the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (SCLM) by dioceses in response to a letter from the Chair requesting feedback on the rite authorized by Resolution 2012-A049. The Resolution authorized the provisional use of a liturgy for the blessing of same-sex relationships and asked SCLM to develop a process to review and refine the materials for their report to the 2015 General Convention. Diocesan reports have been reproduced faithfully with the exception of the redaction of personal greetings and reflections.

Copyright Notice: All documents published here should be considered restricted by copyright of the creator. The materials are made available for educational use only. Dioceses, congregations and organizations of The Episcopal Church may use the material as models for new resources; however, to use, re-use, or reproduce the materials beyond this limited interal use for educational purposes requires written permission.

Diocesan Responses: A-M

Alabama

Response to Commission
The Rt. Rev. Kee Sloan: March 4, 2013.

Bethlehem

Response to Commission
The Rt. Rev. Paul V. Marshall: March 11, 2013.

California

Letter to the Clergy in the Diocese of California
The Rt. Rev. Marc H. Andrus: October 8, 2013.

The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant: Modified for use in the Diocese of California
Diocese of California: [2013].

Central Gulf Coast

Response to the Commission
Mary R. Poss, Secretary to the Bishop: March 12, 2013.

Guidelines for the Blessing of Same-sex Unions
Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast: Advent, 2012.

Application for the Provisional Blessing of Same-sex Relationships
Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast: Advent, 2012.

Various Liturgical Resources for Same-Sex Blessings
Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast: [2012].

Central Pennsylvania

Response to the Commission
Canon Gregory P. Hinton, Co-chair, Same Gender Blessing Task Force: March 4, 2013.

Guidelines for the Blessing of Same Sex Unions in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania
Diocese of Central Pennsylvania: [2013].

Chicago

Response to the Commission
Dent Davidson: July 1, 2013.

Colorado

Response to the Commission
The Rt. Rev. Robert J. O'Neill: June 11, 2013.

Guidelines for Congregations Desiring to Offer Same-Sex Blessings
Diocese of Colorado: July 2012.

Connecticut

Response to the Commission
The Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas: March 4, 2013.

Letter to the Clergy in the Diocese of Connecticut
The Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas, The Rt. Rev. James E. Curry, The Rt. Rev. Laura J. Ahrens: August 3, 2012.

East Tennessee

Response to the Commission
The Rt. Rev. George D. Young, III: April 4, 2013.

Letter to the Members of the Church in East Tennessee
The Rt. Rev. George D. Young, III: December, 2012.

El Camino Real

First Response to the Commission
The Rt. Rev. Mary Gray-Reeves: January 22, 2013.

Second Response to the Commission
The Rt. Rev. Mary Gray-Reeves: July 15, 2013.

"Marriage and Same-sex Blessings", located in the Customary for the Bishop’s Visitation Diocese of El Camino Real
The Rt. Rev. Mary Gray-Reeves: December, 2012.

"Marriage and Same-sex Blessings" [Revised], located in the Customary for the Bishop’s Visitation Diocese of El Camino Real
The Rt. Rev. Mary Gray-Reeves: June, 2013.

Letter to the Diocese of El Camino Real
The Rt. Rev. Mary Gray-Reeves: [2013].

Georgia

Response to the Commission
The Rt. Rev. Scott A. Benhase: January 29, 2013.

A Pastoral Letter from the Bishop of the Diocese of Georgia Concerning the Blessing of Same Sex Couples in this Diocese
The Rt. Rev. Scott A. Benhase: November, 2012.

Hawaii

Response to the Commission
Irina Martikainen, Executive Assistant to the Bishop: January 16, 2013.

Bishop's Guidelines Regarding the Performing and Blessing of Civil Unions, Revised
The Rt. Rev. Robert L. Fitzpatrick: December 2, 2012.

Indianapolis

Response to the Commission
The Rt. Rev. Catherine M. Waynick: March 11, 2013.

A Message From Bishop Waynick Concerning the Blessing of Same-Sex Couples
The Rt. Rev. Catherine M. Waynick: September 14, 2012.

Kentucky

Response to Commission
The Rt. Rev. Terry A. White: March 5, 2013.

Litoral Ecuador

Response to Commission
The Rt. Rev. Alfredo Morante: March 8, 2013.

Los Angeles

Response to Commission
The Rt. Rev. Mary D. Glasspool, Bishop Suffragan: May 31, 2013.

Maine

Response to Commission
The Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane: March 2, 2013.

Maryland

Response to Commission
The Rt. Rev. Joe G. Burnett, Assistant Bishop: February 4, 2013.

Bishop's Guidelines Regarding the Blessing of Same-Sex Marriages or Unions
The Rt. Rev. Eugene T. Sutton: January 2013.

Michigan

Response to Commission
The Rt. Rev. Wendell N. Gibbs: March 28, 2013.

Guidelines for Use of Authorized Liturgy for Blessing of Same-Sex Relationships
The Rt. Rev. Wendell N. Gibbs: December, 2012.

Minnesota

Response to Commission
The Rt. Rev. Brian N. Prior: January 25, 2013.

Mississippi

Response to Commission
The Rt. Rev. Duncan M. Gray, III: April 3, 2013.

Missouri

Response to Commission
The Rt. Rev. G. Wayne Smith: May 31, 2013.

Guidelines for Rites of Same-Sex Blessings
Diocese of Missouri: Advent 2012.

Montana

First Response to the Commission
The Rt. Rev. Dr. C. Frank Brookhart, Jr.: January 17, 2013.

Second Response to the Commission
The Rt. Rev. Dr. C. Frank Brookhart, Jr.: March 28, 2013.

Guidelines for the Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant in a Same-sex Relationship
The Diocese of Montana: 2013.

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Last update December 5, 2013