Update on same sex marriages

Writing to the Diocesan Clergy in their monthly newsletter, Bishop Mathes has tweaked the policy regarding same sex marriages in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego.  There are now no differences in how same sex and opposite sex couples are treated. It has now been one year since the Supreme Court opened the way for … READ MORE…

But where was the conversation?

I was part of the multitude from St.Paul’s that attended the “conversation” [2 1/2 hours, would you believe!] about gay marriage at the Skyline Church last week.  There were, indeed, thousands in attendance — and the conversation was respectful.  Thinking about it today, I’m struck with the almost diametrically opposed perspectives that were highlighted.  Both … READ MORE…

More reports about the Skyline event

Susan Hulbert writes: Skyline church asked for no applause or outbursts and said they had a “friendship committee” that would escort violators out. Most people kept to this. Rob Gagnon with degrees from Dartmouth and Harvard wowed the crowd at the church with his scriptural juxtapositions of Jesus words and Old Testament prohibitions to argue … READ MORE…

Fearless Love: a report from Skyline Church

I commend Skyline Church for holding this conversation and for inviting the Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson, Episcopal bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire, and not the latest RuPaul look alike. Bishop Robinson had broad support in the audience, thanks to many Episcopalians who made the trip to La Mesa, including some from as far … READ MORE…

Wedding gifts, wedding blessings

Marriage is on our mind this week. There’s the upcoming “Conversation on Marriage” at Skyline Church this Sunday, and a new 9am Forum Series asking “What makes long lasting relationships?” aimed at those in same-sex pr heterosexual relationship.  This series is led by Dr. Marjorie Coburn, a clinical psychologist. The first forum on Sunday August 5th … READ MORE…

Support marriage equality and Bishop Gene Robinson!

Pastor Jim Garlow at Skyline Church was a major supporter of Prop8. His church is sponsoring a “conversation on marriage” with prominent anti-equality voices Jennifer Roback Morse (NOM, The Ruth Institute) and Robert Gagnon.  Representing equality are John Corvino and none other than our friend Bishop Gene Robinson,  who have agreed to join the conversation, … READ MORE…

Faith Leaders’ statement on Prop8 decision

The Rev. Canon Albert Ogle spoke at the Prop8 celebratory rally on Wednesday, representing St Paul’s, The California Council of Churches Impact and California Faith For Equality. We are part of a statewide movement of 6,000 faith leaders who support marriage equality. Today’s decision, wonderful as it is, will be appealed to higher courts. So … READ MORE…

News from Massachusetts

From The Lead at Episcopal Café: Starting Advent 1, clergy of the Diocese of Massachusetts are being given leave by Bishop Thomas Shaw to solemnize same-gender marriages for eligible couples. In a letter posted to the blog Telling Secrets, Bishop Shaw clarifies: Solemnization, in accordance with Massachusetts law, includes hearing the declaration of consent, pronouncing … READ MORE…

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