Christian Holiness and Human Sexuality
9:00 AM in the Guild Hall
The General Convention of the Episcopal Church will meet this July and is poised to approve a liturgy for the blessing of same-sex covenant relationships. Published by Church Publishing in 2011 and co-edited by our rector, Christian Holiness and Human Sexuality: A Study Guide for Episcopalians is an important resource in our denomination’s discussion of the church’s role in the blessing and support of faithful same-sex partnerships. Gary Hall will lead this four week course, and he’ll use four of the book’s six essays to explore the issue from scriptural, theological, and liturgical perspectives. Copies of the book are available in the church office for $12.00.
Christian Holiness & Human Sexuality [Gary R. Hall & Ruth A. Meyers, editors]is a study guide for Episcopalians who want to understand how all Christian people can exercise their baptismal vocation in the fullness of their sexual identity. This short booklet attempts to frame the discussion in a way different from how it has been addressed in many of the debates in our church and culture: How can we as Christians combine sexual expression with Christian holiness? Looked at afresh, what guidance do the Christian biblical, historical, theological, ethical, and liturgical traditions give us in answer to this question?
April 29: Introduction (written by Gary R. Hall, Seabury-Western Theological Seminary)
May 6: Scripture and Marriage (written by Katherine Grieb. Virginia Theological Seminary)
May 13: Arguments from Tradition (writtenby Marilyn McCord Adams, Oxford University)
May 20: Ritual Considerations in Same-Sex Marriage (written by Louis Weil, Church Divinity School of the Pacific)