Thursday, March 8, 2012

Claiming the Promise at General Convention


Claiming the Promise: Making All Mean ALL is the title of our General Convention 2012 fund raising appeal this summer.   In 1976, The Episcopal Church made us a promise in Resolution AO76 that "…homosexual persons are children of God who have a full and equal claim with all other persons upon the love, acceptance and pastoral concern and care of the Church." At GC12 we will claim that promise made to us 35 years ago by one of the first Christian denominations to recognize the human dignity of lesbian, gay and bisexual people – and to pronounce God’s loving care for same gender loving people.
At every General Convention since 1976,  Integrity has promulgated discourse and change designed to help TEC live more fully into that promise. We vowed to settle for nothing less than our rallying cry of "All the Sacraments for All the Baptized." Now in 2012, as we claim the promise made to us, our vow is to make All (the sacraments) really Mean ALL.

This announcement begins our fundraising campaign for GC12. Please keep it in mind as you consider your contribution to Integrity’s work at General Convention.  We must raise $110,000 in the next few weeks in order to Make All Mean ALL to make the welcome of The Episcopal Church a reality for everyone regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. 

In the next few days, most of you will receive a specific appeal from Integrity for your sacrificial gift in support of our work at GC2012.  It will outline our agenda as well as what your contribution will help to pay for.  (Some of you will receive invitations to fundraising house parties in your area in the next few months.) Please pray about your gift and give all you can to help us claim the promise made in 1976.  It’s God’s message to the Church and to the world – “All means ALL!”

Click here to donate to CLAIMING THE PROMISE: Making All Mean ALL

- From Rev. Harry Knox

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