Saint Andrews in Denver, Colorado, to offer Same Sex Blessings

The parish self-description from their website is:

We are an inclusive, welcoming community with a historic and ongoing commitment to outreach, traditional worship and music shaped by our Anglo-Catholic heritage, and a growing number of children.

.In a recent newsletter rector Elizabeth Randall says:

With the Bishop’s permission and by resolution of the vestry, St. Andrew’s is now a parish where the blessing of same-gender relationships may take place. Blessings are available to active members of the parish, and will use the liturgy provided by the diocese. Couples who are interested in seeking a blessing should contact the rector. Many thanks to the vestry task force who guided our discernment process, and to all those who told their stories and offered their views during this time. This is an important milestone in the life of our community, and I am grateful to share this moment with you.

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10 comments on “Saint Andrews in Denver, Colorado, to offer Same Sex Blessings

  1. evan miller says:

    An affront to their “Anglo-Catholic heritage.”

  2. tired says:

    TEC: an organization in which SSBs are “traditional worship” and an Anglo-Catholic heritage is manifested by its rejection. In other words, if you value honesty and integrity, look elsewhere.


  3. Undergroundpewster says:

    I sense a gathering momentum with this and similar reports as we get closer to GC 2012.

  4. evan miller says:

    Well, I’m glad they can check the now-obligatory box, “married/partnered homosexual/lesbian nominee.” How very inclusive and progressive.

  5. Cennydd13 says:

    3. Yeah, they’re trying to make themselves look more respectable.

  6. Statmann says:

    The Dio of Colorado had a decline of 39 percent in Infant Baptisms and a decline of 45 percent in Marriages from 2002 through 2009. I truly doubt that this decision will reverse these trends. Statmann

  7. Br. Michael says:

    I wonder just how many baptisms these SS people are planning on bringing in? In other words, just how many children are they planning on having?

  8. Ezekiel says:

    The rumor is that O’Neal spent so much of the diocesan resources dismantling the Radner/Armstrong/ACI presence, that they were recently unable to pay their long time diocesan youth coordinator who needed to take a leave of absence to care for his Marine Corp son who lost both his legs and a hand in Afghanistan. The result of that being a growing discontent with O’Neal, which when combined with his own deteriorating health, has conversations headed in the direction of early retirement.

  9. Ralph says:

    I’ve encountered some self-identified “Anglo-Catholics” who are extremely liberal. Such folk believe that being “Anglo-Catholic” means high ceremonial liturgy, but they seem to ignore the traditional theology that underpins true Anglo-Catholicism.

  10. Ezekiel says:

    How is it that the church got so wrapped around the axle of how people have sex that the church and it’s leadership have all but self destructed?