Episcopal Church more expansive and inclusive, thanks to gay marriage votes (COMMENTARY)

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Members sing at a church service during the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City, Utah on June 28, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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Members sing at a church service during the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City, Utah on June 28, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Jim Urquhart *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-RUSSELL-COLUMN, originally transmitted on July 2, 2015.

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SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) The changes provide as wide a tent as possible for the historic diversity that characterizes the Episcopal Church -- guaranteeing access to marriage liturgies to all couples while protecting the conscience of clergy and bishops who dissent theologically.

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  • Greg1

    When you reach out and shake hands with the Devil, he expects your full cooperation. I hope the sober element of your congregations run as fast as they can to the nearest Catholic Church.

  • larry

    Way to show that agape Greg1!

    Nothing says, love thy neighbor more than declaring an entire sect as being evil.

  • Greg1

    It is one thing to establish civil law that is clearly at odds with the Natural Law, but when these types of things are done in our Lord’s Name, which are blatantly opposed to the Kingdom of God, then it needs to be called out. Ah! what it must be to grow up in such a confused world, where common sense is no longer common. The only way a world could turn from normal, to strangely abnormal, is by demonic influence. Larry, charity comes in many forms, and letting people know the Truth these days is an act of charity (agape).

  • Bruce Harold

    Thankfully most people recognize that we live in the year 2015 – and not the Iron Age. The patriarchal authors of Leviticus had no knowledge of sexual orientation or homosexuality, a word which would not be coined until the 19th century. The Biblical authors were equally wrong about epilepsy, leprosy, left-handedness and skin color. TEC has (finally) decided to end their institutional discrimination against LGBT persons. Those who oppose this inclusion continue the centuries-long discrimination against “the other” based on an a very selective and out-of-context reading of the Bible, which states that anything not understood is evil.

  • Paul Emmons

    Any who do will meet plenty of Roman Catholics running the other way simply because they want to use contraception.

  • Paul Emmons

    Any who do will meet plenty of Roman Catholics running the other way simply because they want to use contraception. Furthermore, various branches of the church had quasi-marital blessings of same-sex relationships centuries ago. Aren’t those who wish to bring them back the REAL traditionalists?

  • Greg1

    Bruce, times might change, technologies can improve, knowledge will increase, but God never changes (Heb 13:8). We will all meet Him at death, and will be Judged (Heb 9:27), and will either be rewarded (1Cor 3:8), or receive a judgment of condemnation. (2Cor 5:10). And although I would agree with you that we have discovered many things in the medical field, and have improved in that way, there are still many maladies which come from the Evil One, We see this during exorcisms, where a person will be freed from a demon, only to be perfectly healthy afterward. The movie the Exorcist was actually based upon a true story, and since the time of the boy’s exorcism, his life has been quite normal.
    https://diabolicalconfusions.wordpress.com/2011/02/16/the-story-of-r-the-real-life-story-that-inspired-the-exorcist/

  • Be Brave

    Mr. Harold,

    “For this reason . . .” said Jesus.

    That reason is marriage.

    The Episcopalians that voted to make Jesus a liar, moved from the narrow path to the wide road that leads to destruction. And many there are that find it.

    Christian truth does not hinge on fads and mob rule rewriting whatever pop culture imbibes.

    But sodomy does now doesn’t it?

    Hint, hint.

    Where/when has The Church seen people like you?

    “Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was ONCE FOR ALL entrusted to God’s holy people. For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.”
    – Jude

    Gotta mirror Bruce? But first, get the logs out of your eyes so you can see what you…

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  • @BB,

    “The Episcopalians that voted to make Jesus a liar….”

    Jesus (according to evidence, a fictional character) is described telling several whopping lies:

    “JESUS SAID, ‘Go to the festival yourselves. I am not going to this festival” But after his brothers had gone to the festival, then he also went…in private” (John 7.8-10).‬

    Jesus said, “Heaven will pass away” – JESUS (Matthew 24:35)
    So all his claims about eternal life are lies. (John 3:16)

    Jesus lied: “My words will not pass away” – JESUS (Matthew 24:35) – but they certainly have! If Jesus existed, it is said he spoke the lost language of Aramaic. The surviving Greek translations from centuries later are contradictory and filled with forgeries, redactions and revisions.

    Jesus is (supposedly) God and Holy Spirit – so why did he/they/it decide to lie so much?

    The first Christian liar was clearly Jesus.

  • larry

    Its one thing to hurl barbs at unbelievers, but towards brethren of your own faith is quite another thing. You appear so confused as to think Christians must think as you do. How wonderful it must be to know you are the newest incarnation of Jesus himself, as you do.

    There is no charity, compassion or concern in your posts. You can stop being so dishonest about your malice and spite. Its impossible to take seriously. Does anyone buy that bullcrap? I doubt it.

  • Greg1

    Actually Larry, I am very concerned for the Episcopalians, as they are doing this in the Name of the Lord: Matthew 18:7

  • Jack

    When was the Episcopal Church not “inclusive,” if by “inclusive,” you mean to the left of Karl Marx on politics? Probably when NRA stood for the National Recovery Administration and the president was Franklin D. Roosevelt.

    That was about 80 years ago….

  • Fred Garvin

    Who cares, one way or the other? Mainline Protestantism is basically NPR at prayer; Vermont has more diversity in its population than these churches.

  • Isobel Carroll

    Got news for you…. under Francis, they will be adopting the same. Your only hope is in the American Anglican churches..