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An energetic, multi-generational and diverse Community of Faith committed to welcoming everyone, without distinction…

Diversity Baptism

An energetic, multi-generational and diverse Community of Faith committed to welcoming everyone, without distinction…this affirmation comes from the opening paragraph on our Faith Community’s website!

Diversity Christmas

On Monday, 10 February, our Vestry, by a process of consensus, adopted a Marriage Policy for St. Luke’s.  This is a culmination of two years of conversation and formation that has taken place through our Sunday Forum process and also additional evening programs focused around Marriage and Marriage Equality and resources prepared by the Episcopal Church entitled, I Will Bless You and You Will Be a Blessing, for discussion and adoption at the General Convention in July of 2012.

You can follow these conversations and process through my blog posts below:

Conversations about Marriage and Marriage Equality

Process and Outline of Conversation on Marriage and Marriage Equality

I Will Bless You and You Will Be a Blessing: Study and Discussion on Resources for Blessing Same Gender Relationships

Reflections on the General Convention 2012

Last May, Bishop Brian Prior sent a letter to all Clergy and Faith Communities detailing his expectations regarding Marriage for opposite gender and same gender couples in the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, in light of legislation adopted legalizing same gender marriage in Minnesota.  You can find his letter here.  At our June Vestry Meeting, I shared his letter and suggested a process that we could use, Consensus Formation, in discerning how we as the elected leaders might address the question of adopting a Marriage Policy at St. Luke’s.  You can find the minutes of our Vestry meetings here.  The Consensus Formation process is here.

Rachel and Jake

The process of Consensus Formation that we used provided an opportunity for listening to each other.  In the Baptismal Covenant, we commit ourselves to respecting the dignity of every human being, with God’s help.  It has been my experience that too often, in the process of ordering our common life; people are left with a sense of winning or losing.  However, consensus is about listening and respecting each other…seeking to listen and come to a consensus for the sake of our common life.  The work of consensus that the elected members of our Faith Community engaged in was an inspiration to me and I consider my participation in facilitating this process one of the singular blessings of serving as Rector / Pastor at St. Luke’s over the last 10 years.

Randy and David

If you haven’t, I hope that you read the material adopted by General Convention below as well as the Marriage Policy we adopted.  I encourage you to share this resource, policy and blog post with your neighbors who may be on a Faith Journey and looking for a Faith Community committed to welcoming everyone, without distinction.

RESOURCES

I Will Bless You and You Will Be a Blessing

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