Saturday, January 19, 2013

Austin church will offer Episcopal same-sex blessing

From Texas-

St. David’s Episcopal Church in Austin will bless a same-sex couple next month, possibly becoming the first Episcopal church in Texas to perform the groundbreaking liturgical rite.

Located downtown on East Eighth Street, St. David’s is the largest Episcopal church in Austin, and gays and lesbians make up what its rector, the Rev. David Boyd, called a significant number of the church’s roughly 2,500 parishioners.

Last spring, the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, the Rt. Rev. Andy Doyle, named St. David’s and St. Stephen’s Episcopal in Houston the first in Texas with his permission to bless same-gender unions. The Episcopal Church approved blessings for same-sex unions at its national convention last July.

Boyd said this week that he had determined there was general agreement within his church to proceed with the rite. The couple who will receive the blessing have not been selected, nor has a date in February been decided, Boyd said.

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