TEC’s Episcopalian Divinity School: Polyamory [committed plural sexual relationships] as part of the ‘justice agenda’
Sexuality From the AAC
To honor feminist scholars in the Church, in Nov. 2008 Episcopal Divinity School will feature polyamory advocate the Rev. Marvin Ellison [right, ethics professor at the United Church of Christ's Bangor (Maine) Theological Seminary] lecturing on "Is Marriage a ‘Must’or a ‘Bust’? Enlarging the Justice Agenda." Ellison questions whether government should abolish marriage altogether rather than redefine it to include gays. Polyamory is the participation in multiple and simultaneous loving or sexual relationships which may or may not include marriage. Many Episcopal congregations have been blessing samesex unions for years and they have continued in spite of repeated primatial requests for a moratorium on same-sex blessings.
During General Convention 2003, resolution C051 was approved which "recognize[s] that local faith communities are operating within the bounds of our common life as they explore and experience liturgies celebrating and blessing same-sex unions." Many dioceses are in the process of developing official written policies authorizing such blessings. Other dioceses make allowances for a wide range of pastoral responses to include blessings for same sex couples. Dioceses already blessing and/or developing rites for same-sex unions include Atlanta, California, Connecticut, Delaware, El Camino Real, Long Island, Los Angeles, Massachusetts, Missouri, Minnesota, Newark, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Olympia, Pennsylvania, Rochester, Utah, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.
The current bishops of Arkansas and Nevada have reversed their predecessors’ policy of allowing same sex blessings.
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