What I think I know: a group of more than 20 bishops of varying views met informally last night from about 9 p. m. to 11 p. m. to discuss Resolution C056, the same-sex blessing resolution. The group discussed, but apparently dismissed a suggestion that the House of Bishops take no legislative action on the issue, but issue a Mind of the House Resolution on the issue (Saying I am not sure what). The telling argument against this position was that General Convention is a legislative gathering, and that what it does is legislate, not issue statements of sentiment.
So some new language was proposed for certain sticky points in the resolution–although I am not sure what those points were or what that language is. At any rate, several bishops whose opinions on this issue are not very different than mine, seem to think that the changes are not devastating, and that the chances of passing the resolution are pretty good.
But be cautious. I have been darting around all day, and what I have written here doesn’t rise to the level of real reporting.
The current version of the resolution is below the fold, so to speak. Click Read more.
Resolved, that the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music, in consultation with the House of Bishops Theology Committee, collect and develop theological resources and liturgies of blessing for same-gender holy unions, to be presented to the 77th General Convention for formal consideration; and be it further
Resolved, that the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music, in consultation with the House of Bishops Theology Committee, devise an open process for the conduct of its work in this matter, inviting participation from dioceses, congregations, and individuals who are or have already engaged in the study or design of such rites throughout the Anglican Communion; and be it further
Resolved, that all bishops, noting particularly those in dioceses within civil jurisdictions where same-gender marriage, civil unions, or domestic partnerships’ are legal, may provide generous pastoral response to meet the needs of members of this Church; and be it further
Resolved, that honoring the theological diversity of this Church, no bishop or other member of the clergy shall be compelled to authorize or officiate at such liturgies; and be it further
Resolved, that the Anglican Consultative Council be invited to conversation regarding this resolution and the work that proceeds from it, together with other churches in the Anglican Communion engaged in similar processes.