Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Blue Book

A link to "The Report to the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church," otherwise known as The Blue Book can be found here. The document is over 750 pages in length and includes reports of the committees, commissions, agencies and boards of the Episcopal Church.

No doubt the report that will get the most media attention is the one submitted by the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music, which begins on page 162 and concludes on page 474. Most of the secular media will not be all that interested in the survey on Hymnal Revision but readers of this blog may be interested to learn (even if not surprised) that most bishops, priests, and seminarians are FOR revising The Hymnal 1982, while most of the people who sit in the pews are against it. Ah, Episcopalians and change...

The Report, "I Will Bless You And You Will Be A Blessing" begins on page 184, and continues for almost 100 pages. It is an extraordinary document that includes not only proposed liturgies for blessing people in same-gender relationships but (equally importantly) resources for congregational study and theological rationale for these liturgies. I encourage all readers here to access the entire Blue Book through the link above, or check out the materials as found on the website of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music.

In particular, I commend to you the excellent Provincial Presentation that I had a chance to see live in Westborough, MA when the Province I deputies gathered this past spring.

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