Resolution in response to Bishop Provenzano’s provision
for the celebration and blessing of same-gender marriages.
21 September, 2011.
Our parish mission statement says that Saint Luke’s Church strives
to be a center of spiritual strength and compassionate service, a welcoming
home to all who seek a greater awareness of God’s purpose. United
by God’s abiding love, we celebrate the rich diversity of our community,
opening our doors to all people.
Sharing Fully in the Sacramental Life of the Church
Following the June 2011 passage of the New York State Marriage Equality
Act, The Right Reverend Lawrence Provenzano, Bishop of Long Island, embraced
The Episcopal Church’s 2009 General Convention resolution which
calls for generous pastoral response in dioceses where civil union and
marriage are permitted for same-gender couples. The Rector, Wardens and
Vestry of Saint Luke’s Church accept and endorse our Bishop’s
direction allowing the celebration of the Holy Eucharist and use of rites
that bless marriages between persons of the same gender. Furthermore,
Saint Luke’s Church assures all persons of the pastoral care and
sacramental ministry of Christ (Baptism, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Affirmation
of Faith, Ministry Discernment, Marriage, Ministry with the Sick and Dying.)
We are All Brothers and Sisters in Christ
Whether one is seeking the Church’s blessing in marriage or guidance
for faithful living; whether you are married or single, an adult, teenager,
young girl or boy, each one of us is a child of God blessed with divine
gifts and called to life together in sharing the gifts of God. By worshipping
and learning together, we share in the joys of faith and supportive community,
remembering that we are called to be the presence of Christ in the world.