Washington National Cathedral celebrates rulings

Updated: The bells rang out at Noon Wednesday at the Washington National Cathedral (and other church communities as well): The Washington Post describes the service of thanksgiving that took place in the evening.

Dean Hall has also issued an invitation to all LGBT couples and families to attend a special service tonight, Wednesday, June 26, at 7 p.m. A diverse group of faith leaders will speak out in support of marriage equality at a press conference preceding the prayer service at 5 p.m.

Dean Hall will be joined by:

The Rev. Dr. Dennis Wiley, pastor of Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ

Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry

The Rev. Dwayne Johnson, senior pastor of Metropolitan Community Church D.C.

Rabbi Jessica Oleon, Temple Sinai

The Rev. Linda Kaufman, Episcopal Diocese of Washington

The National Cathedral’s complete press release


Here is the WaPo story about the liturgy:

The words of Scripture have been used time and again to preach against homosexual unions. But on Wednesday evening at the National Cathedral, the celebrants who sang “alleluia” as a Bible was held high found new meaning in its verses.

They prayed in the words of the prophet Isaiah, who spoke of a God who “strengthens the powerless.”

They prayed in the words of the Epistle to the Ephesians, which tells of an eternal sovereign for “every family in heaven . . . rooted and grounded in love.”

And they offered, perhaps, a new prayer — they thanked God and, in the same breath, they thanked the Supreme Court.

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