“ Good morning/afternoon/evening! Welcome to this presentation and discussion about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues at General Convention.”
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“ General Convention 2003 did two extraordinary things… “ First, it consented to the consecration of Gene Robinson—an openly gay priest in a committed, same-gender relationship—as the Bishop of New Hampshire. “ Second, it passed resolution C051—which recognized 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.’ “ How many of you were in Minneapolis for this General Convention?”
“ After General Convention 2003, several provinces of the Anglican Communion declared themselves to be in a state of ‘impaired communion’ with The Episcopal Church. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, appointed a special commission--headed by Irish Primate Robin Eames--to address this disharmony. “ In October 2004, the special commission produced the Windsor Report—which, among other things, asked The Episcopal Church to implement moratoria on additional gay/lesbian bishops and rites for blessing same-sex relationships.”
“ During General Convention 2006, resolutions to implement the moratoria failed. However, on the last day of convention, outgoing Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold used highly unusual parliamentary tactics to force a vote on resolution B033—which called upon ‘standing committees and bishops with jurisdiction to exercise restraint by not consenting to the consecration of any candidate to the episcopate whose manner of life presents a challenge to the wider church and will lead to further strains on communion.’ To everyone present, it was clear that ‘manner of life’ was code for ‘gay and lesbian persons with same-gender domestic partners.’ Incoming Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori expressed her reluctant support for the resolution, as did a few gay and lesbian deputies. The resolution was passed by both houses with great emotion. “ How many of you were in Columbus for General Convention 2006?” “ How many of you voted for B033 and regret doing so?”
“ Integrity’s legislative agenda for General Convention 2009 is clear and simple--to pass a resolution that will move the Episcopal Church B033 and to pass a resolution that will move the church forward on marriage equality.”
Our theological argument is that denying Holy Orders and Holy Matrimony to the LGBT faithful denigrates the sacrament of Holy Baptism. Since Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ's Body, then all the baptized should be granted equal access to the other sacraments. If LGBT people are “good enough” to be baptized, we are “good enough” for the other sacraments—including ordination and marriage.
“ Integrity has been tracking potential General Convention resolutions on issues. In your packet is a printout of the LGBT resolution we know about right now. “ To date, a total of 10 resolutions against B033, 3 resolutions in favor of civil marriage equality, and 7 resolutions in favor of ecclesiastical marriage equality. Most of these are “C” resolutions passed by diocesan conventions. I think that demonstrates a groundswell of support. “ If you are planning to submit a resolution, please let me know. . “ You can keep current on LGBT resolutions before and during General Convention by visiting our website.”
“ Given that there are so many resolutions against B033, you may be asking which one Integrity supports. Well, two years ago the Claiming the Blessing coalition, of which Integrity is a part, developed a model resolution on B033—which was passed with minor revisions by the dioceses of Rochester and El Camino Real. So, were are partial to those resolutions. “ HOWEVER, Integrity is prepared to support any of the other anti--B033 resolutions that emerge to the forefront—as long as they will clearly end the de facto moratorium on additional LGBT bishops.”
“ Why does the Episcopal Church need to move beyond B033? “ First, Resolution B033 was a violation of our national canons , which state that &quot;No one shall be denied access to the selection process for ordination in this Church because of race, color, ethnic origin, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities or age, except as otherwise specified by these Canons.&quot; “ Second, Resolution B033 was completely ineffective at stopping schism within the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. The diocesan leadership of San Joaquin, Pittsburgh, Fort Worth, and Quincy voted to leave the Episcopal Church anyway. Several provinces of the Anglican Communion boycotted the Lambeth Conference and continue cross-provincial incursions. “ Third, resolution B033 has been effective at preventing qualified candidates from being elected to the episcopacy . Although two LGBT candidates have run in episcopal elections since B033--the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe in Newark and the Very Rev. Tracey Lind in Chicago—both lost by a wide margin. I believe B033 was a major factor in both elections, although there is no hard evidence to back up this position.”
“ And which marriage resolution does Integrity support? “ Integrity is firmly committed to achieving full marriage equality for LGBT people in both the civil and ecclesial spheres. We recognize that the path to marriage equality may be longer than we would like. “ Marriage equality is a complex issue. It concerns both the church and state. There are multiple ways in which civil jurisdictions recognize same-gender couples [domestic partnerships, civil union, and marriages]. Our prayer book and canons only recognize traditional heterosexual marriage. So, Integrity is not supporting one marriage equality resolution over another. “ Past General Convention resolutions have clearly established the Episcopal Church's support for civil marriage equality. We believe the Episcopal Church should proactively advocate for same-gender civil marriage. In those jurisdictions where civil marriage is not yet politically achievable, the Episcopal Church should support civil unions or domestic partnerships as an interim step toward marriage equality. “ We believe the Episcopal Church must update its marriage rites and marriage canons to recognize same-gender marriages, civil unions, and domestic partnerships. As an interim measure, the Episcopal Church should adopt supplemental liturgical materials that can be used to bless committed, faithful, same-gender relationships that may or may not be legal recognized by the state.
“ Why does the Episcopal Church need to move forward on marriage equality? “ First, our canons and liturgies need to be updated to reflect civil realities . Several states and territories now recognize civil marriages, civil unions, or domestic partnerships between two adults of the same gender. This trend is likely continue. Our national canons and prayer book only allow for traditional, heterosexual marriages--making it problematic to use the marriage rites with same-gender couples even in those civil jurisdictions where it would be legal. “ Second, a national rite for blessing same-gender relationships is needed. Although about a dozen dioceses have official, written policies permitting same-gender blessings--and many more have unofficial policies permitting them--none have promulgated a rite. This means that clergy and same-gender couples have to “invent” their own rites—which is contrary to our Anglican instinct for uniform liturgy.”
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“ To help bishops and deputies make the right decisions in Anaheim, Integrity is doing a number of things before General Convention… “ We are holding meetings like this one at all the provincial synods.”
“ We’ve been publishing a series of ads in Episcopal Life. How many of you have noticed the ads?”
“ We’re producing 2 videos—on B033 and marriage equality—that is currently being mailed to all bishops and General Convention deputies. You should receive your copy shortly if you are an active bishop or deputy.. You can also watch them on YouTube.”
“ We’re a a comic book on these issues that also be mailed to all bishops and General Convention deputies during May.”
“ Integrity will also be engaging in a number of activities during General Convention... “ We will be hosting a briefing and reception for all interested bishops and deputies the Sunday night before the official start of business. It will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott that is within easy walking distance of the convention center. Food and beverages will be provided. “ How many of you think you might be able to attend?”
“ We’ll also hold a daily debriefing for bishops and deputies, immediately after the end of the afternoon legislative session, in the Hilton that is adjacent to the convention center.”
“ Integrity has 4 key legislative leaders. “ On the upper right is the Rev. Michael Hopkins—who will be our liaison with the House of Bishops. Michael is a former president of Integrity and an alternate deputy from the Diocese of Rochester. If you are bishop and want to know Integrity’s position on a resolution, you can ask Michael. “ On the upper right is the Rev. Thomas Brown—who will be our floor manager in the House of Deputies. Thomas is a deputy from the Diocese of Vermont. If you are deputy and want to know Integrity’s position on a resolution, you can ask Thomas. “ On the lower left is Ms. Jan Adams—who will be the co-captain of our legislative team. Jan is Integrity’s field organizer. “ And on the lower right is the soon-to-be Rev. Jon Richardson—who will be the other co-captain of our legislative team. Jon served on our legislative team last General Convention and was on our Lambeth team last summer.
“ Jan and Jon will supervising a number of other Legislative Team members that you will meet in Anaheim. “ Our Legislative Team members will be assigned to track specific LGBT resolutions and monitor the committees to which they are assigned. They may arrange for testimony. If you are on a committee, they may talk to you about the resolutions of concern to us.”
“ Our Legislative Team members will also monitor each house. They will help the House of Deputies floor leader and the House of Bishop Floor Leader lobby deputies on resolutions. They also record votes by orders and role-call votes.”
“ As always, Integrity will be contributing to Issues—the daily General Convention newsletter of The Consultation. Watch for it every morning.”
“ Integrity will also use communications technology extensively during General Convention. We will have a text messaging system and email list to which interested bishops and deputies may subscribe. We will periodically send out information during General Convention. “We’ll be posting lots of information on our General Convention website our Walking With Integrity blog. “ We’ll have a Twitter feed from Susan Russell and Facebook page.”
“ A highlight of General Convention is always the Integrity Eucharist. It will be held on the evening of Friday, July 10th, at the Hilton adjacent to the convention center. Gene Robinson will preside and will Barbara Harris preach. “How many of you plan to attend?”
“ Please visit our booth in Anaheim. We will be in the back near the food concessions.”
“ Integrity is not working alone. We are allied with 4 others organizations… “ We have for many decades worked with The Consultation. Their platform is in your packet. Part 8 deals with LGBT issues. “ A new player on the field is the Chicago Consultation—which seeks to persuade the movable middle on LGBT issues. They will have their own booth, floor managers, and communication vehicles. “ TransEpiscopal is a relatively small and recently formed group of transgender Episcopalians and friends. There are 4 transgender resolutions. We have also worked for many years with the National Episcopal AIDS Coalition. There are several HIV/AIDS resolutions on the docket.
“ When you came in you should have received a card like the one shown. I invite you to sign the card if you intend to vote in favor of General Convention resolutions that will move the Episcopal Church beyond B033 and forward on marriage equality. This does NOT bind you to a specific resolution. This information is for Integrity's confidential use only and will not be made public.” “You can give the card to me now, or you can mail it back to Integrity”.
“ I’ve be doing all the talking. I’d like to hear what you have to say about the LGBT issues at General Convention.”
Thank you for taking time to attend this presentation. “ The Lord be with you!” Wait for response. “ Let us pray…” Read the prayer on the screen, which was written by John Clinton Bradley for General Convention 2009.
Presentation For Province 6 Synod
Shaping a Circle Ever Wider LGBT Issues At General Convention 2009
Let us pray… <ul><ul><li>Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart and especially the hearts of those gathered in this room, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. </li></ul></ul>
Hello, my name is… <ul><ul><li>John Clinton Bradley </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Acting Executive Director, Integrity USA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>620 Park Ave #311 Rochester NY 14607 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>800-462-9498 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.integrityusa.org </li></ul></ul>
Please tell me… <ul><ul><li>Your name </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your diocese </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Whether you will be at General Convention and in what capacity </li></ul></ul>
A Review Of Recent History <ul><ul><li>General Convention 2003 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Consented to the consecration of Gene Robinson as the Bishop of New Hampshire </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Passed a resolution recognizing “local option” on same-gender blessings </li></ul></ul></ul>
A Review Of Recent History <ul><ul><li>Negative reaction from some provinces of the Anglican Communion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Appointment of a special commission </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Release of the Windsor Report calling for moratoria </li></ul></ul>
A Review Of Recent History <ul><ul><li>General Convention 2006 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Defeated a moratorium on same-gender blessings </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Passed resolution B033 </li></ul></ul></ul>
Integrity’s Goals For Anaheim <ul><ul><li>Pass a resolution that will move the Episcopal Church beyond B033 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pass a resolution that will move the Episcopal Church forward on marriage equality </li></ul></ul>
Theological Argument <ul><ul><li>Denying Holy Orders and Holy Matrimony to the LGBT faithful denigrates the sacrament of Holy Baptism </li></ul></ul>
Known Resolutions <ul><ul><li>10 against B033 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3 resolutions for civil marriage equality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>7 resolutions for ecclesiastical marriage </li></ul></ul>http://www.integrityusa.org/resolutions/
Which B033 Resolution Does Integrity Prefer? <ul><ul><li>Partial to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>C007 | Diocese of Rochester </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>C015 | Diocese of El Camino Real </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prepared to support any resolution that will move the church beyond B033 </li></ul></ul>
Why Move Beyond B033? <ul><ul><li>Violates the canons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Has been ineffective at stopping schism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is preventing qualified LGBT candidates from being elected to the episcopacy </li></ul></ul>
Which Marriage Equality Resolution Does Integrity Prefer? <ul><ul><li>This is a complex issue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Civil marriage equality is a “no brainer” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Canons and prayer book need to be updated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meanwhile, supplemental liturgical materials are needed </li></ul></ul>
Why Move Forward On Marriage Equality? <ul><ul><li>Canons and liturgies do not reflect civil realities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A uniform national rite is needed </li></ul></ul>
The Marriage Equality Wave <ul><ul><li>Yellow = civil unions or domestic partnerships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Green = civil marriage </li></ul></ul>
Let us pray… <ul><ul><li>Gracious God, who has made us one family by Holy Baptism, give compassion, wisdom, and courage to our bishops and General Convention deputies who will soon gather in Anaheim; that all your children may be hallowed by equal access to all the sacraments; through Jesus Christ our Teacher and the Holy Spirit who leads us into all truth. Amen. </li></ul></ul>