Bishops approve Blessings Material

Greetings from Indianapolis! The days here at General Convention have been full and long. The Vermont deputation is hard at work and offering leadership in a variety of settings, including the budget, structure deliberations and several other committees. My committee assignment is Committee #13, Prayer Book, Liturgy and Church Music. We have met every day and our agenda has been very full. It is one of the largest committees at General Convention with 51 members. Thirty six (36) resolutions have been submitted to Committee 13. On Monday, our committee voted an amended version of Resolution A049 (Blessing of Same Gender Relationships) out of committee. This followed a two hour hearing on the resolution on Saturday night and deliberation by the committee on Monday morning. That resolution went to the House of Bishops later that afternoon, where it was approved after some additional amendments by a vote of of 111 to 41, with 3 abstentions. My understanding is that the House of Deputies will consider this legislation later today. Please keep us in your prayers as we move through the rest of our Convention business. +Thomas

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