Decently Writ: Texas Gets it Right
As reported in The Living Church, the Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle has announced a green light for parishes in the Diocese to proceed with blessings of same-sex unions. What impresses us the most, however, is the choice wording and perspective the good Bishop has used in bringing forth this news, to wit:
In order to lead through General Convention 2012, I need to create a solution that respects our diversity and allows all people to act in accordance with their faith regarding issues of human sexuality; “for whatever does not proceed from faith is sin” (Romans 14:23). This is the work of this paper: to lay before you, the people of the Diocese of Texas, a means by which people of differing views (while holding a different view on sexuality out of their own faith and reading of scripture) may choose unity for the mission of God in Jesus Christ first and foremost. I am seeking in this short text to answer the questions: How do people with differing views on sexuality and blessing of same-gender relationships stay together for the sake of the Gospel? How is it that we are able to remain one church?
This piece so eloquently expresses the best of our tradition in the way that it acknowledges that all are not of one mind, and all are not MEANT to be of one mind, but that which unites us is stronger than that which does not.
The full document may be found here. As a tacit reminder that this is Texas, however, the diocesan powers that be made sure the document runs in excess of 120 pages.