- Reaffirm our commitment to the Anglican Communion
- State our desire to remain in the highest degree of communion with other Anglican provinces
- Pledge to participate in contributing to the Communion budget
- Remind the church of the relationship values established in 2000-D039
- Recognize the response of LGBT Episcopalians to God’s call to service
- Affirm that God has called and may call partnered gay and lesbian people to any ordained ministry and that their call will be tested by the discernment process provided for in our canons
- Acknowledge that we are not all of one mind about this
An attempt to divide resolution D025 into two separate resolutions with one resolution including the first three points, and the second the remainder, was defeated in a vote by orders. (Such a vote requires that the clergy order in each diocese vote together, and that the lay deputies vote together. If an order is not unanimous their vote is recorded as divided which counts as a ‘no’).
One amendment was moved that would have removed references to gay and lesbian relationships. Ruth Meyers of the Chicago Consultation spoke against it – this section describes the reality that there are within our Church same sex couples living in life-long relationships which have everything that she strives to have in her relationship with her husband. Several other speakers said that it would ‘gut’ what the committee had tried so hard to do in this resolution. It failed. Another attempt was made to separate out the resolve which covers the discernment process for ordination and vote on that separately. It failed too.
Before the actual vote the Chaplain led the House in prayer.
The Result: Lay Order needed to pass 50 yes 77 no 31
Clergy Order needed to pass 49, Yes 74 No 35
There’s an interview with Ruth Meyers and Becky Snow who crafted this resolution at http://www.centeraisle.net/Features_News/Sun11_D025.html.
Caroline Hall for IntegrityUSA