It was reported at our morning services today that the Episcopal Diocese of Albany’s Convention debated and passed the updates to the Diocesan Canons regarding the definition of marriage and qualifications for clergy. I do not know if there were any revisions or amendments made during the debate, but the original language of the policy is posted here, and a related post is here.
Thanks be to God for the faith and wisdom to lovingly stand firm on the Word.
Update: I will resist comment, but I can’t resist the irony of the contrast between the above and this bit of news.
Update 2: Torre Bissell commented that there were no changes made to the canons, which is good news. Also, there was a well done article by Marc Parry in last Sunday’s Times Union (read it here). Since I have criticized his articles on the issues facing the church a number of times, it’s only fair to say that this latest was accurate and balanced. The quote below is from the article’s conclusion.
“The main reasons the resolutions were presented were to provide clarity during a time of great confusion both within the church and society at large,” [Albany Bishop William] Love said.
“The important thing that everyone needs to know is that God loves all people, regardless of where they might be in their life. That doesn’t necessarily mean he approves of all of our behaviors.”