Policies, procedures and resources for Witnessing & Blessing a Lifelong Covenant.
Same-sex marriage resources
Two liturgies (The Witnessing and Blessing of a Marriage and The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage II) approved for use by the 78th General Convention (2015) beginning Advent 1, 2015.
Click here for the Declaration of Intention
Click here for important information about use of these liturgies from the Bishop's Office.
Click here for the Declaration of Vestry/Bishop's Committee Support required before these liturgies may be used.
Task Force on Marriage resource
"Dearly Beloved" is a tool-kit for the study of marriage created in 2014 by The Episcopal Church's Task Force on the Study of Marriage.
LGBT in the Church
In 1976, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church declared that “homosexual persons are children of God who have a full and equal claim with all other persons upon the love, acceptance, and pastoral concern and care of the Church" (1976-A069). Since then, Episcopalians have been working toward a greater understanding and inclusion of all of God’s children.
Useful links and resources:
The Episcopal Church: LGBT in the Church
This page of the national church web site offers links to a variety of resources and documents.
Institute for Welcoming Resources
The purpose of this ecumenical group is to provide the resources to facilitate a paradigm shift in multiple denominations whereby churches become welcoming and affirming of all congregants regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. IWR wants to help build church homes that are truly welcoming and nurturing, where everyone knows “they're okay, just like they are.” IWR offers a number of useful resources, including “Building an Inclusive Church: A Welcoming Toolkit”
Founded in 1975, Integrity is the largest grassroots organization for LGBT concerns within the Episcopal Church. Southern Virginia has an Integrity chapter and chapter leaders are happy to assist you. The chapter’s website offers a list of LGBT-welcoming churches and resources for churches.
Trans Student Educational Resources
A youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment. In addition to creating a more trans-friendly education system, their mission is to educate the public and teach trans activists how to be effective organizers. TSER believes that justice for trans and gender nonconforming youth is contingent on an intersectional framework of activism. Ending oppression is a long-term process that can only be achieved through collaborative action. www.transstudent.org
The Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry
CLGS has a mission to advance the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and transgender people and to transform faith communities and the wider society by taking a leading role in shaping a new public discourse on religion, gender identity, and sexuality through education, research, community building, and advocacy. www.clgs.org