Episcopal News Service carries this story about the Chicago Consultation and its new study guide on same-sex relationships.
The guide was unveiled at a reception at the Hilton last night, and the most striking thing about the evening to me was how many primates came and stayed, including our own Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori.
Bringing its support for full inclusion of gay and lesbian Christians to General Convention, the group called the Chicago Consultation released on July 7 a study guide designed to help people in the pew face tough questions about homosexuality — and come up with their own answers.
But leaders of the 18-month-old group made clear that the 34-page booklet, Christian Holiness & Human Sexuality: A Study Guide for Episcopalians, presents a perspective in support of same-sex blessings and the ordination of openly gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Episcopalians.
“In parishes everywhere there are members of the church who are struggling with misconceptions about human sexuality in the context of scripture, tradition and liturgy,” said the Rev. Ruth Meyers, co-editor of the new publication. “We’re trying to reconcile that with this study guide by providing information that can help people to make up their own minds.”
One note: Claiming the Blessing also sponsored the creation of the video Voices of Witness–Africa, which was produced by the Very Rev. Cynthia Black and the Very Indefatigable Katie Sherrod.