Hundreds of people packed a hotel ballroom during the open hearing by the Joint Standing Committee on Liturgy and Music dealing with the issue of rites for the blessing of same-sex relationships. (ENS photo by Jeff Smith)
Bishop J. Jon Bruno
Bishop J. Jon Bruno, at left, listens as Cooper Thornton, accompanied by his wife, Laura Thornton, urge defeat of Proposition Eight, a California ballot initiative that would amend the state constitution in order to define marriage as a union of one man and one woman. The Thorntons, members of All Saints Church, Pasadena, were one of several couples who spoke at the September 10 news conference in Los Angeles.
The Rev. Dr. Mel White and Gary Nixon
The Rev. Dr. Mel White and Gary Nixon, cofounders of the LGBT activist organization Soulforce, were married on June 18 at All Saints Church in Pasadena, California, where they met and fell in love 27 years ago.
Bishop J. Jon Bruno
Bishop J. Jon Bruno of the Diocese of Los Angeles announces the availability of a rite for the blessing of committed relationships during his address to Diocesan Convention on December 5.
A gathering Aug. 4 at San Francisco City Hall
Bishop Marc Andrus of the Diocese of California addresses a gathering Aug. 4 at San Francisco City Hall.
Interfaith community in calling for the invalidation of Proposition 8
Bishop Suffragan Diane Bruce of the Diocese of Los Angeles joins other members of the Los Angeles ecumenical and interfaith community in calling for the invalidation of Proposition 8, which outlawed same-gender marriage in California. Bishop Diocesan J. Jon Bruno and Bishop Suffragan Mary Glasspool, right, also addressed the gathering.
Churchwide consultation on same-gender blessings in Atlanta
Nearly 200 Episcopal Church General Convention deputies worship at the beginning of the March 18-19 churchwide consultation on same-gender blessings in Atlanta.
Churchwide consultation on same-gender blessings
Episcopal Church General Convention deputies sing during worship at the beginning of the March 18-19 churchwide consultation on same-gender blessings in Atlanta.