Grupo de Trabajo en Consejería Pastoral y Recursos Didácticos

INTRODUCCION

Estamos invitando a los miembros de la Iglesia Episcopal y de la Comunión Anglicana a ayudarnos a conocer cuales recursos están o han sido utilizados en el proceso de discernimiento congregacional para promulgar bendiciones del mismo género y para la preparación de parejas para una vida cristiana juntos y la ceremonia de bendición. De igual manera, necesitamos su ayuda para conocer cuales materiales podrían ser útiles a las congregaciones y clérigos para que puedan iniciar un proceso de discernimiento y considerar la aceptación de la bendición sobre relaciones del mismo género y la preparacion de dichas parejas. Por favor ayúdenos llenando esta encuesta- el enlace está indicado debajo.

Por favor comparte con nosotros su perspectiva, modelos, recursos, pensamientos, etc.  Aquí están las instrucciones: visite la página  

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SCLMBendiciondelMismoGeneroRecursosEncuesta

Por qué estamos hacienda esto…

La Convención General en el 2009 solicitó que se realizara trabajo con relación a la bendición de parejas del mismo género y pidió que la “Comisión Permanente de Liturgia y Música, en consulta con la Cámara de Obispos, colectara y desarrollara recursos teológicos y litúrgicos, y…creara un proceso abierto para llevar a cabo estos trabajos, invitando la participación de las provincias, diócesis, congregaciones e individuos que están involucrados en tal trabajo teológico”. Nuestro Grupo de Trabajo, en respuesta a esta asignación, está solicitando información por parte de la iglesia entera acerca de lo que las personas están haciendo para preparar parejas (del mismo o diferente género). También queremos saber que materiales/recursos han sido o podrían ser de ayuda en una congregación en el proceso de discernimiento sobre la aceptación de la bendición de parejas del mismo género como parte de su vida y culto cristiano.

Por qué queremos su opinión…

¡No queremos reinventar la rueda! Y queremos saber que usted necesita para realizar este ministerio. 

Por favor comparta con nosotros su perspectiva, modelos, recursos, pensamientos, etc.  Aquí están las instrucciones: visite la página 

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SCLMBendiciondelMismoGeneroRecursosEncuesta

Para recibir copias físicas contacte sclm@episcopalchurch.org

NOTA: La Resolución de la Convención General nos solicito buscar material para la bendición de parejas del mismo género.  Por lo tanto, este será el lenguaje de todos los materiales que utilizaremos.   También reconocemos que hay lugares en los cuales las parejas del mismo género pueden casarse o tener una unión civil; y que hay gran preocupación a través de la iglesia acerca de la bendición de parejas del mismo género. 

Les AGRADECEMOS por su ayuda, comprensión y apoyo en el proceso de colectar esta información.

Favor de responder lo más tarde el 18 de NOVIEMBRE- Hilda, Abadesa de Whitby.

Survey of Pastoral and Teaching Resources

A message from the Task Group on Pastoral and Teaching Resources . . .

We are inviting members of The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion to help us know what resources are or have already been used in a congregational discernment process to welcome same-gender blessings and to prepare couples for a Christian life together and for a blessing ceremony.  As well, we need your help to know what materials might be helpful to congregations and clergy who might start a discernment process and consider welcoming the blessing of same-gender relationships and preparing those couples.  Please help us by taking the survey – the link is below.

Please share your approach, models, resources, thoughts etc. with us.  Here is what to do: Go to

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SCLMSameGenderBlessingsResourcesSurvey

For a hard copy contact sclm@episcopalchurch.org

Why we are doing this…

The General Convention in 2009 asked that work be done regarding blessings for same-gender couples and asked that  “the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music, in consultation with the House of Bishops, collect and develop theological and liturgical resources, and…  devise an open process for the conduct of its work inviting participation from provinces, dioceses, congregations, and individuals who are engaged in such theological work.  Our Task Group, in responding to this charge, is seeking information from the wider church about what people already are doing to prepare couples (same or different gender couples).  We also want to know what materials/resources have been or might be helpful to a discernment process in a congregation about welcoming the blessings of same-gender couples as part of their Christian life and worship.

Why we want your input…

We do not want to re-invent the wheel!  And we want to know what you need in order to do this ministry.

NOTE:  The GC resolution asks us to look at material for the blessing of same-gender couples.  Thus, that is the language all of our materials will use.  We also recognize that there are places where same-gender couples can be married or have a civil-union;  and that there are broad concerns throughout the church about blessings same-gender couples.  We thank you for your help, understanding and support as we gather this information.          

Please try to respond with your information no later than NOVEMBER 18 – Hilda, Abbess of Whitby.

Theological Principles for C056 Work

The 2009 General Convention of the Episcopal Church directed the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music to collect and develop theological and liturgical resources for blessing same-sex relationships (Resolution C056). The Commission is eager to engage the wider church in theological conversation as one among many sources that will inform our work.

The reflection below was submitted by the Rev. Jay Emerson Johnson, Ph.D., chair of the task group preparing theological resources.

Read more about this project.

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During the recent House of Bishops meeting in Phoenix, the C056 Task Group chairs had the opportunity to present our work and to solicit feedback from the bishops. As part of that presentation, I had the privilege of presenting our work-in-process concerning the theological principles that have been guiding our work so far. I’m eager to hear from others—both clergy and lay—about these principles and how they resonate with your own pastoral and liturgical ministries!

From the beginning, the Commission has understood the blessing of committed relationships in faith communities as a blessing not only for the couple but also for the wider community. The Commission then reflected on how the work of collecting and developing resources for such blessings offers an opportunity to retrieve key Christian insights concerning these relationships and to renew the church’s theological reflection on them.

More specifically, this project presents an opportunity to retrieve at least two key touchstones in historical Christian approaches to committed relationships, which helps to frame why such relationships deserve a liturgical blessing in Christian faith communities. Those touchstones are: the sacramental character of covenantal relationships (committed relationships make God’s presence and divine grace visible); and the eschatological vision inspired and evoked by covenantal relationship (the desire that leads us to commit ourselves to another person reflects the human desire and hope for union with God-in-Christ).

Even more particularly, as the Commission reflected on these two touchstones, several theological principles emerged that seemed fruitful for guiding the work moving forward. We’re eager to learn how these principles are already at work in our congregations and how they might enliven our shared reflection on committed relationships.

Those principles are, in brief:

  • Vocation: While people may “fall” in love, people are by contrast called into long-term committed relationships, as a vocation;
  • Spiritual Discipline: The vocational aspect of committed relationship requires ongoing spiritual discipline, sustained in part by regular participation in a faith community;
  • Covenant: Rather than “contracts,” biblical traditions turn often to the spiritual significance of “covenants” for committed relationships, which reflects God’s own covenantal relationship with God’s creation;
  • Household: Biblical traditions likewise emphasize households (often multi-generational) that are established by covenantal commitment and are rooted in a larger community;
  • Fruitfulness: Faithful love in relationship overflows into countless gifts offered well beyond the couple, including lives of service, compassion, generosity, and hospitality.

I have already written briefly about some of these principles in previous blog posts, which could be summarized in the following way. Much like ordination and other forms of ministry, human beings are called into covenantal relationships as a divine vocation. These covenants are sustained by spiritual disciplines, not contracts, and the divine grace in these relationships is discerned by the fruits of fidelity it yields (not least among them are households marked by compassion, generosity, and hospitality). For that reason, covenantal relationships rightly belong to the mission of the Church in its ongoing witness to the good news of the Gospel; these relationships thus point beyond themselves to the Christian hope of union with God.

Where and how do these principles resonate with your own life and ministry and what kind of questions do they raise for you? Let us know!

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We invite your participation in this dialogue about blessing same-sex relationships. Your responses and observations here will help inform the work of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music in our work of developing theological and liturgical resources for such blessings. We hope that this conversation will also be a way to renew and enliven a shared vision of the church’s mission in the world.

To post a comment, your first and last name and email address are required. Your name will be published; your email address will not. The first time you post, a moderator will need to approve your submission; after that, your comments will appear instantly.

Our rules for posting are fairly simple. Express yourself with courtesy, civility, and respect for others, whether or not you agree with them.

SCLM-C056 Flyer

The 2009 General Convention of the Episcopal Church directed the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music to collect and develop theological and liturgical resources for blessing same-sex relationships (Resolution C056). The Commission is eager to engage the wider church in theological conversation as one among many sources that will inform our work.

The following was posted by the Rev. Keri Aubert, project manager.

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For a quick overview of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music’s work on 2009 General Convention Resolution C056, see our new informational flyer at the links below. The four versions offer two print/view formats in both English and Spanish.

SCLM-C056 Flyer – Sept 2010 – Booklet View – English

SCLM-C056 Flyer – Sept 2010 – Booklet View- Spanish

SCLM-C056 Flyer – Sept 2010 – Electronic View – English

 SCLM-C056 Flyer – Sept 2010 – Electronic View – Spanish

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We invite your participation in this dialogue about blessing same-sex relationships. Your responses and observations here will help inform the work of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music in our work of developing theological and liturgical resources for such blessings. We hope that this conversation will also be a way to renew and enliven a shared vision of the church’s mission in the world.

To post a comment, your first and last name and email address are required. Your name will be published; your email address will not. The first time you post, a moderator will need to approve your submission; after that, your comments will appear instantly.

Our rules for posting are fairly simple. Express yourself with courtesy, civility, and respect for others, whether or not you agree with them.

Task Group on Pastoral and Teaching Resources

The 2009 General Convention of the Episcopal Church directed the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music to collect and develop theological and liturgical resources for blessing same-sex relationships (Resolution C056). The Commission is eager to engage the wider church in theological conversation as one among many sources that will inform our work.

The reflection below was submitted by the Rev. Canon Thaddeus Bennett, co-chair of the task group preparing pastoral and teaching resources. Besides working as a parish priest, the Rev. Canon Bennett (of the Diocese of Vermont) has served as Canon for Transition Ministry in the Diocese of Vermont and Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Los Angeles. He is one of the authors of the Episcopal Church’s Fresh Start resource and serves as a vocational faculty for CREDO. He helped found three HIV/AIDS organizations, including the National Episcopal AIDS Coalition, and co-authored a number of resources for HIV/AIDS education and ministry.

Read more about this project.

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There are two key areas for the Task Group on Pastoral and Teaching Resources:  researching and bringing forth some recommendations about the ways the Episcopal Church, its clergy and lay leaders prepare couples for ceremonies of blessing, especially regarding the preparation of same-gender couples for such a commitment.  As well, we want to research and bring forth recommendations about how to help prepare a congregation for same-gender ceremonies and ways in which the Christian community can support all couples in their commitment to a life together and as a part of a Christian community.

This blog is devoted to the first area – pastoral resources for preparing a couple for a lifelong commitment ceremony.  A recent search of the Episcopal Archives finds that we have been talking about this since at least 1921 and that there has been regular discussion since 1945.  That’s the good news!  The bad news is that it seems there was lots of conversation but very few concrete resources for people preparing a couple for marriage. 

In the 21st century we suspect that clergy and lay professionals who work with (same-gender and opposite-gender) couples use a variety of resources in their work and ministry. As well, we suspect that seminaries are teaching students about such preparation. Personally, one exercise I do is to ask the couple individually to answer the question:  What are the five major reasons for a break-up of a committed relationship? By asking them to name those things you get their own perspectives as well as insights to their family of origin; you see how they do and do not match each other; and you usually are able to do some work around “preventing those things from ruining your relationship.”  We want to know what you use, what works and does not work, and what special consideration or material you use for working with same-gender couples.

Please let us know your thoughts and let us know if we can contact you for copies of the resources or the materials you use.  OR you can send them directly to us at sclm@episcopalchurch.org.

The Vision and Mission of the Church

The 2009 General Convention of the Episcopal Church directed the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music to collect and develop theological and liturgical resources for blessing same-sex relationships (Resolution C056). The Commission is eager to engage the wider church in theological conversation as one among many sources that will inform our work.

The reflection below was submitted by the Rev. Jay Emerson Johnson, Ph.D., chair of the task group preparing theological resources.

Read more about this project.

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In these blog posts, I’ve been suggesting some ways the wider church might engage in some theological reflection on the blessing of same-sex unions—not only the blessing a community evokes for the couple but also the blessing a couple offers to the wider community. When I reflect on that “double blessing,” I’m always reminded of how biblical writers turned frequently to marriage as a metaphor for humanity’s relationship with God. It’s a powerful image, and a key aspect of the good news of the Gospel: We are invited into intimate, loving communion with God-in-Christ. 

Among the many blessings of a covenantal relationship is the sign it offers to the church of our Gospel hope: the promise made in Christ of loving union with God. In that sense, the covenantal relationships in our congregations always point beyond themselves toward that powerful and hopeful vision. When we offer a blessing to a couple in a committed relationship, we are certainly engaged in an act of pastoral care, but also much more. That liturgical act, it seems to me, is part of the mission of the Church in the world. Covenantal relationships can inspire our Gospel witness to the hope of union with God-in-Christ.

 Vocation, service, mission, and ministry—do couples really think about these things when they reflect on their relationship? How would this kind of theological reflection make a difference in congregational life? How could we make the pastoral care of couples more closely linked to the Church’s mission in the world?

 I’m eager to learn how clergy, congregations, and couples are thinking about these questions and already living them out in their congregational patterns of ministry.

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We invite your participation in this dialogue about blessing same-sex relationships. Your responses and observations here will help inform the work of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music in our work of developing theological and liturgical resources for such blessings. We hope that this conversation will also be a way to renew and enliven a shared vision of the church’s mission in the world.

To post a comment, your first and last name and email address are required. Your name will be published; your email address will not. The first time you post, a moderator will need to approve your submission; after that, your comments will appear instantly.

Our rules for posting are fairly simple. Express yourself with courtesy, civility, and respect for others, whether or not you agree with them.