1 January, 2013
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In 2010 I was asked by Synod to implement the blessing of same sex unions in the Diocese at a time that I thought to be appropriate. I was asked to issue guidelines and a rite to be used.
Attached below are the Guidelines for the Blessing of Same Sex Unions in the Diocese of British Columbia. I am authorizing the blessing rite of the Diocese of New Westminster for use in this Diocese, not a specific British Columbia rite.
It is my hope that the model of respect and unity issuing from General Synod 2010 will be among us as these Guidelines are implemented in the Diocese. It is my hope that those who, in conscience cannot participate in the blessing of same sex unions, will be respected by those for whom this action has been long awaited. And, it is my hope that those who now have this opportunity open to them may use it as an aid in their growth in Christ and His love for the world in which we live.
These Guidelines are effective in the Diocese today, January 1, 2013.