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South Carolina: Bishop permits blessings of same-sex relationships

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South Carolina law does not permit marriage for same-sex couples, and the blessings performed here will not constitute a “marriage.”In his letter to clergy today, the bishop states that no priest is required to offer the blessing. “I do want to be clear that this permission does not define an expectation for clergy,” he wrote. “In your own life of prayer and within community, you will decide how to respond to this statement of permission.”Priests who wish to perform a blessing will not have to receive any further authorization from the bishop. However, before a priest can perform the ceremony in a church building, the vestry or mission committee of that church must have given its approval for such liturgies to be conducted there.To assist congregations in considering that decision, the bishop’s office has provided theological resources, recommended reading, and a model outline for conversations on the topic. Those resources are available on the diocesan website, episcopalchurchsc.org.Following the guidelines established by General Convention, one member of the couple must be a baptized Christian.Same-sex blessings were authorized for provisional use by The Episcopal Church in 2012 in a resolution at the 77th General Convention, A049, so that bishops “may provide generous pastoral response to meet the needs of members of this Church”.  Since then, more than 60 of the 110 dioceses of The Episcopal Church have allowed some form of liturgy for blessings of same-sex relationships.Regionally, 15 out of the 20 dioceses of Province IV – an area covering nine southeastern states – now permit the blessings. In the Diocese of Upper South Carolina, Bishop Andrew Waldo announced May 8 that he would permit the blessings.The liturgy was approved for “provisional” use by General Convention in 2012, and is expected to be revisited at the next General Convention in 2015. For that reason, vonRosenberg’s letter requests that priests performing the blessings report each ceremony to the Bishop’s Office. This documentation will be added to the experiences shared from around the church at General Convention.The Standing Committee of diocese, acting as a council of advice for the Bishop, began considering same-sex blessings in 2013 and spent several months reviewing the materials approved by General Convention. In September 2013 the Standing Committee voted unanimously to advise the Bishop to move forward with developing and authorizing a liturgy. A Diocesan Committee on Blessings, with clergy and lay members from around the diocese, worked with the bishop to adapt the materials approved by General Convention into a liturgy for local use. The resulting document, “The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant,” is available online at episcopalchurchsc.org. 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Garda warning over people not complying with new measures

first_img WhatsApp Google+ By News Highland – April 2, 2020 Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Gardai in Donegal have confirmed that they have received a number of reports from concerned members of the public over some neighbours locally not adhering to the public health measures that are in place.They have re-issued an appeal to everyone to please stay at home.Gardai have received reports that there are people outside their homes on footpaths in groups chatting to neighbours and friends within their neighbourhood and also reports of children from neighbouring houses outside playing together.Gardai say these individuals are not complying with the measures that are in place within their own residential areas.They are reminding the public to only go out for exercise, to work if your work is essential, to care for the elderly or vulnerable, and to get groceries, medicine or other essential duties.Gardai have acknowledged that keeping children indoors and separated from other children in the neighbourhood is a very hard task but a necessary one as this is a life or death matter.They are also reminding the public that by staying at home you are saving lives. Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Garda warning over people not complying with new measurescenter_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Previous article‘Worst case’ prediction for virus in north makes grim readingNext articleDonegal’s newest ‘Meals on Wheels’ service announced News Highland Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Homepage BannerNews Facebook Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennanlast_img read more

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‘Happy Birthday’ sing-along at March for Our Lives protest becomes emotional

first_imgKevin Mazur/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Overcome with emotion, one Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School survivor, her voice shaking, led the March for Our Lives crowd in D.C. in a round of “Happy Birthday” in honor of her slain classmate, Nicholas Dworet, who would have turned 18 years old on Saturday.Some in the crowd held each other close as they joined along and sang.Dworet, one of 17 people killed in the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last month, was a passionate swimmer who was headed to the University of Indianapolis to join the university’s swim team, his family said.“He was a happy young man full of joy and life,” his family said in a statement. “He dreamed of making the Olympic swim team and going to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. He believed he could accomplish anything as long as he tried his best.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more