The Episcopal Church is drafting an official same-sex marriage rite.
The church partnered with the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, a
seminary in Berkeley, Calif., to secure a $400,000 grant from the Arcus
Foundation to fund the project. They are working with priests across
the country to create original prayers and essays on the spiritual
meaning of same-sex blessings, and guidance for priests who will
administer the new rite. Rev. Ruth Meyers, chair of the church’s
standing commission on liturgy and music, says she believes the effort
acknowledges fuller participation in the church by gays and
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The new rite will likely take years to complete, but will formalize the unofficial practice of blessing same-sex unions that has become common in dioceses throughout the country. The Episcopal Church has also ordained openly gay bishops in the United States, despite opposition from some segments of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
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