The Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (SCLM) has issued a reminder to submit feedback through a survey about the new resources for blessing same-sex relationships.
The survey is located here.
In 2012, the General Convention passed Resolution A049 commending “Liturgical Resources 1: I Will Bless You and You Will Be A Blessing” for study and use in congregation and dioceses, and approved the liturgical resource “The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant” for provisional use.
SCLM reports that, since about 50 days ago, 339 people have taken the survey in English and three people in Spanish. Of those, 67% were clergy, 33% were lay.
Of the people providing feedback about preparing a couple, 50% were clergy and 12% were members of a couple who were blessed.
On feedback about the liturgy, 55.3% were clergy, 15.5% members of the congregation, and 16.8% a member of the couple.
Regarding the educational/discussion material, 27.7% used the material, while those who did not use it said it was either because they had already done congregational education (57.9%) or that they used other resources (31.3%).
Of those who said they did not use any of the SCLM’s material, 61.8% said it was because no one came forward asking for a blessing.
The most responses came from the Dioceses of California, East Tennessee and New York.
The survey will remain open through December 31.
Other contact information:
• Liturgical Resources I (which contains all the resource material and the Liturgy) is available, in print and ebook form, from Church Publishing, Inc. here.
• To contact SCLM email firstname.lastname@example.org
• Visit the SCLM blog at http://liturgyandmusic.wordpress.com/
• Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music: http://generalconvention.org/ccab/mandate/2
The Episcopal Church: www.episcopalchurch.org