The Rev. Susan Russell:
“Today the Episcopal Church adopted resolution [D018] urging “members of the U.S.
Congress to repeal federal laws that have a discriminatory effect on same-
“The overwhelming votes by both bishops and deputies to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) offers a strong, prophetic statement that we are a church that stands for a Protect Marriage movement that protects all marriages and we are committed to family values that value all families. Ending the inherent injustice of granting 1138 federally protected rights to some married couples and denying them to others is clearly in alignment with our Christian promise to love our neighbors as ourselves and our American pledge to work for liberty and justice for all.”
“Yes. I'm proud of my church today.”
Gender identity is now protected. Bishop Scott Benhase and his deputies voted against the resolution for a Rite of Blessing. Perhaps the Bishop’s “Listening Sessions” were useful to a few who have ears to hear, but they were not voting at convention this year. Obviously, much work is still to be done in our diocese. Support the tireless effort of your brothers and sisters at Integrity and live your life proudly, openly, and with dignity. God is planting a thorn in their sides. Peace. John
2012 General Convention is over and the Episcopal Church stands for equality! See below for photos and reflections.
+October 8, 2011-
+Amazing Day, Amazing Witness, Susan Russell
NOTE! Dec 18th Integrity Mtg at St.Anne's Tifton with St. Margaret's Moultrie as
Congratulations to Jamie Maury and Dan Snyder and All Saints, Tybee, June 1, 2013
The couple is perhaps the first in the Georgia Diocese to have their 36 year union blessed by the Episcopal Church.
January 2013 Meeting Attendees
On Saturday, January 12, 2013, Integrity-
Plans were made to establish an information booth at the upcoming Diocesan Convention in Tifton on February 7 – 9.
The next meeting of Integrity-
If you would like more information about Integrity-
News from 2013 Convention
St. Anne’s Tifton:
Title IV, Canon I, Ethical Standards
has been REMOVED (not revised) by the Vote
of an Overwhelming Majority of Lay and Ordained Delegates!
The Canon originally read as follows:
“Aspirants, Postulants, and those accepted to Holy Orders shall accept and conform to the following standard:"Marriage between a man and a woman or abstinence from sexual activity are the only acceptable forms of sexual behavior for a Deacon, Priest, or Bishop in the Diocese of Georgia.”
The effect of this canon was to prevent lgbt’s in long term, open relationships either by marriage or domestic partnerships or the recently approved Episcopal Rite of Blessing from serving in the Diocese of GA in the capacity of Deacon, Priest or Bishop.
A revision was proposed:
“Deacons, Priests, and Bishops in the Diocese of Georgia are called to be wholesome
examples to the Church exhibiting the teachings and virtues of the Gospel of Jesus
Christ. Their personal lives must manifest faithfulness, monogamy, life-
A substitute proposal was introduced by Rev. Sam Buice that read:
Whereas the present language in Title IV, Canon 1 of the Diocese of Georgia is problematic and
Whereas the Ordination Rite in the Book of Common Prayer and Title IV, Canon 1 of the Canons of the Episcopal Church adequately address the ethical standards of the clergy of the church and
Whereas, we the members of the 192nd Convention of the Diocese of Georgia trust the judgement of our our bishop, standing committee, commission on ministry and parish vestries, in regard to the discernment process for the selections of persons to serve as deacons and/or priests in the diocese
I move that Title IV, Canon 1 of the Canons of the Diocese of Georgia be removed.