TEC Public Affairs Office reports on the Marriage Taskforce’s 1st meeting

The Episcopal Church’s Task Force on the Study of Marriage has mapped out its work for the next triennium.

The Task Force, at its recent first meeting, addressed its charge from Resolution A037 from the 2015 General Convention. The Rev. Brian Taylor, chair, commented, “Once again, our charge is quite challenging, as we have been asked to look at a wide variety of relationships and households other than marriage that currently make up one half of our society and church, using a broad range of disciplines, methodologies, and perspectives.”

He continued, “At the same time, we are charged with the exploration of particular issues regarding marriage: specifically, the impact of same-sex marriage on our church, and the relationship between church and state in performing weddings.”

The Task Force divided its work into four working groups that will:

  • consult with and listen to people living some of the “changing trends and norms” that Resolution A037 asked the task force to examine;
  • study and write short documents about marriage and other relationships using various disciplines, and solicit responses to them from a range of perspectives;
  • monitor the impact of same-sex marriage upon congregations, The Episcopal Church, and Anglican and ecumenical partners;
  • promote the use of the Dearly Beloved Toolkit (both text and PowerPoint slides available here) and Essays for congregational and diocesan conversation and monitor the ongoing discussion about the relationship between the church and the state in regard to weddings.

Taylor pointed out that an important aspect of this triennium’s effort by the task force is “the breadth of perspective in our work that is so clearly mandated by General Convention. This is much on our minds, in terms of our membership itself, and in terms of the points of view to be studied and written about, people to be consulted with, and feedback to be sought from individuals, ecumenical partners, and other parts of the Anglican Communion. We take this mandate very seriously, for it is within our diversity that we both find our strength and live out our unity in Christ.”

The members of the Taskforce are;
The Revd Brian C. Taylor, Diocese of Rio Grande, Chair
Joan Geiszler-Ludlum, Diocese of East Carolina, Vice Chair
The Revd Philip Dinwiddie, Diocese of Michigan, Secretary
The Revd Stannard Baker, Diocese of Vermont
James Ellis, Diocese of Montana
The Rt Revd Thomas Ely, Diocese of Vermont
The Revd Gianetta Hayes-Martin, Diocese of California
The Revd Jordan Hylden, Diocese of Upper South Carolina
The Revd Dr. Ruth Meyers, Diocese of California
The Rt Revd Steven Miller, Diocese of Milwaukee
The Revd Humphrey Paulino, Diocese of Venezuela
The Revd Susan Russell, Diocese of Los Angeles
Deborah Stokes, Diocese of Southern Ohio
The Rt Revd Brian Thom, Diocese of Idaho
Melodie Woerman, Diocese of Kansas

The release from the TEC Public Affairs Office can be found here.

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