It is with great joy that the Calvary Vestry passed the following resolution at its July meeting. As part of its ongoing discernment of Calvary's mission and ministry, the Vestry wished to document the deeply-felt commitment of its current members to marriage equality. The Vestry hopes that this, in a small way, may contribute to the efforts of many to support and affirm our LGBTQ friends in their time of need.
Calvary Vestry 2016
CALVARY EPISCOPAL CHURCH
VESTRY RESOLUTION RELATING TO MARRIAGE
WHEREAS, Canon I.17: Of Regulations Respecting the Laity, Sec. 5 of the Canons of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America ("The Episcopal Church") provides "No one shall be denied rights, status or access to an equal place in the life, worship and governance of this Church because of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disabilities or age, except as otherwise specified by Canons," and
WHEREAS, Canon 1.18: Of the Celebration and Blessing of Marriage of The Episcopal Church was amended by the General Convention of the Episcopal Church, effective on the First Sunday of Advent, 2015 to provide, in part, as follows:
"Sec. 1. Every Member of the Clergy of this Church shall conform to the laws of the State governing the creation of the civil status of marriage, and also these canons concerning the solemnization of marriage. Members of the Clergy may solemnize a marriage using any of the liturgical forms authorized by this church."
"Sec. 4. Prior to the solemnization, the parties shall sign the following Declaration of Intention:We understand the teaching of the church that God's purpose for our marriage is for our mutual joy, for the help and comfort we will give to each other in prosperity and adversity, and, when it is God's will for the gift and heritage of children and their nurture in the knowledge and love of God. We also understand that our marriage is to be unconditional, mutual, exclusive, faithful, and lifelong; and we engage to make the utmost effort to accept these gifts and fulfill these duties, with the help of God and the support of our community."
WHEREAS Canon 3 Organization, Members and Definitions, Sec. 2 of The Canons and Charters of the Diocese of Kentucky, provides "The membership shall consist of all Baptized Lay persons enrolled in Congregations of this Diocese, all Clergy of the Church who are canonically resident and all Bishops of the Church who are resident in this Diocese. Membership shall not be denied by reason of race, color, ethnic origin, gender, or sexual orientation," and
WHEREAS we believe that Christ's love and invitation to a holy life extend to all people, and
WHEREAS we believe that the Christian sacrament of Marriage is an outward and visible sign of God's grace,
THEREFORE, the Vestry of Calvary Episcopal Church hereby resolves that the Rector, and clergy designated by the Rector, are welcome to officiate at The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage or The Blessing of a Civil Marriage at Calvary Episcopal Church according to the Canons and Guidelines of The Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Kentucky for two persons of any race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disabilities or age.