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TEC marriage task force formed: The Church of England Newspaper, February 24, 2013 p 7. March 23, 2013

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The Presiding Bishop and President of the House of Deputies of the Episcopal Church have named 12 people to serve on the church’s Task Force on the Study of Marriage.

In a statement released on 14 Feb 2013, Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said the group would help the church chart its way forward as it seeks to find a theological rationale for the changes introduced last year. At the July 2012 General Convention the Episcopal Church authorized temporary provisional rites for blessing same-sex unions and authorized a study group to examine the doctrine of marriage.

The presiding bishop explained: “The theology of marriage has evolved over time, with biblical examples including polygamy, concubinage, and other forms of relationship no longer sanctioned in The Episcopal Church.”

“We no longer expect that one partner promise to obey the other, that parents give away their children to be married, or that childbearing is the chief purpose of marriage. This task force is charged not only to take the pulse of our current theological understanding of the meaning of marriage, but to assist the faithful in conversation and discernment about marriage, in particular what the Church might hold up as “holy example” of the love between Christ and his Church.”

While the Episcopal Church has never sanctioned polygamy and concubinage, in the Twentieth century it modified its practices on divorce and remarriage. The aims of marriage as ordered in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer: procreation, remedy for sin, and mutual care, have been reordered in successive American prayer books and are currently given as mutual joy, mutual care and the procreation of children.

President Gay Jennings observed: “The Episcopal Church’s theology and practice of marriage has changed significantly over the centuries, and we need to understand more clearly what we as a church mean when we use that word.”

The 12 member task force, whose members are drawn from the church’s liberal wing, are to deliver their report to the 2015 meeting of General Convention.

Episcopal leaders offer prayers for the victims of Hurricane Sandy: Church of England Newspaper, November 11, 2012 p 1 November 13, 2012

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The Presiding Bishop and President of the House of Deputies – the co-leaders of the Episcopal Church – have urged Americans to respond to the call to aid those in need in the wake of the devastation brought by Hurricane Sandy.

The unseasonal hurricane has “wrought havoc northward hundreds of miles from its first Caribbean landfall, killing and injuring dozens of people in Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti, the Bahamas, United States, and Canada,” Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and the Rev. Gay Jennings wrote on 3 Nov 2012 from ACC-15 in New Zealand.

“The destruction left in its path has deepened the misery of those still recovering from the 2010 earthquake in Haiti as well as hurricanes earlier this season.  It is always the poorest who are most affected, although the news media have shown only a little of that reality.  The impact in a principal metropolitan area of the United States has brought an unimagined level of destruction, and suffering that will long continue in the mid-Atlantic region,” the two said.

The storm came ashore on the coast of New Jersey in the early hours of 30 October causing massive destruction of coastal towns and cities in the Mid-Atlantic.  Seventy-one people were reported dead in the Caribbean, and an equal number are feared dead in the U.S. where disaster relief continues.  A week after the storm power hit New York, the power is out in parts of lower Manhattan and Staten Island and the subways remain flooded.

“This is a time for reaching out to neighbors next door as well as farther abroad with solidarity and offers of basic human hospitality – food, water, electrical connections, showers and shelter – as well as money to assist the lengthy recovery that will be required everywhere this storm has moved.,” the Episcopal leaders said.

“Our Anglican neighbors gathered in New Zealand for the Anglican Consultative Council have been profligate with their prayers and expressions of concern.  We know that God is with us in the midst of this suffering; you can help others to discover that reality through your own response.  May the light of Christ shine through you, and may his light shatter the darkness.