Episcopal bishops in California approve gay marriage.

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    Sep 11, 2008 3:35 AM GMT
    I wanted to share this news (from the San Francisco Chronicle) for anyone who might not be aware of it. The Episcopal church offers a place of worship for "thinking" people - and any gay guy searching for a church might consider this one.

    California's six Episcopal bishops issued a statement Wednesday opposing a November ballot initiative that would again outlaw same-sex marriage in the state.

    The statement says the bishops do not believe that marriage of heterosexuals is threatened by same-sex marriage and that "Jesus calls us to love rather than hate, to give rather than to receive."

    The bishops say that while their denomination and even they themselves remain divided on whether Episcopal clergy should officiate same-sex marriages, they are united in the belief that it would be morally wrong for voters to overturn the California Supreme Court ruling that granted gays the right to wed.

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    Sep 11, 2008 3:48 AM GMT
    I had heard the news and was pleased that the clergy members took the initiative to speak out.

    If you have considered a church, but didn't know where to start, I would encourage you to consider being a member of the Episcopal church.
    I was baptised and raised in one in Wichita and wouldn't consider any other church at this point. I would agree with Jockbod, a "thinking persons" church for sure....
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    Sep 11, 2008 3:54 AM GMT


    Wow, we're very very impressed.
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    Sep 11, 2008 6:16 PM GMT
    Very nice, but, it won't mean a thing if the conservatives have their way, whom I understand have raised more money than the anti-initiative side. Good luck, CA. I hope you defeat the republican mindset out there on this.
  • auryn

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    Sep 11, 2008 7:11 PM GMT
    McGay,

    Jockbud48 has shared a pleasant story of tolerance towards gay people and you have to go and spoil it by bringing up the fact that conservatives, like John McCain who supports CA Proposition 8 to change the California constitution to make marriage defined as legal for only one man and one woman, don't want it. I think it's good that Jockbud celebrates the desires and wishes of those that want to get married in a religious setting, and what that could mean for state and potentially federal government, inspite of the fact that he supports a man and woman that are vehemently against gay marriage.

    There's no need to point that out. icon_twisted.gif
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    Sep 11, 2008 7:44 PM GMT
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  • shoelessj

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    Sep 11, 2008 7:46 PM GMT
    as if i need another reason to leave the catholic church...
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    Sep 11, 2008 7:51 PM GMT
    You should stay for the sex. icon_twisted.gif
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    May 27, 2013 6:09 PM GMT
    Very proud to be Episcopalian! If you are looking for an affirming, loving church, check us out. And if you are in Northern VA, let me know and I will be happy to bring you to church with me some Sunday. icon_smile.gif
  • imbrad

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    May 27, 2013 6:36 PM GMT
    The episcopal church has always been a leader in inclusivity and equality among Christian denominations. Good for them for really holding true to the beautiful aspects of the faith. The church, even though it might not look like it at times, is really taking on the internal challenge of understanding contemporary issues such as homosexuality and evolution and how they can be reconciled with the teaching of the Bible. Hopefully we (Christians) as a body can continue to step toward a more loving approach to life as Christ teaches us to do.
  • HndsmKansan

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    May 27, 2013 6:42 PM GMT
    Proud Episcopalian here icon_smile.gif
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    May 27, 2013 6:54 PM GMT
    The Church of England even has female priest in it's priesthood; a place women should not walk. But really who cares. Religion is man made, man run, for people who lack something and need a little faith that there is more after death than just becoming worm food. Sad thing is you still become worm food, and die, and thats it, married, single, gay, bi or straight.
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    May 27, 2013 7:08 PM GMT
    Actually, life after death doesn't even factor into my faith. Whatever happens after this life is largely a mystery to us, and I trust that it is part of a loving God's plan. In the meantime, there are people who are homeless, hungry, sick and lonely who need our care...that's enough for me. The rest will sort itself out.