On June 25, I gave a presentation on the essence of Christian marriage.
For this, I invited participants to read aloud the wedding liturgies from the Book of Common Prayer and the recent liturgy composed for same-sex couples (which many opposite-sex couples now request as well), titled "The Witnessing and Blessing of a Marriage."
Essentially, Christian marriage is about a covenant between two individuals that binds them together so that they may increasingly realize and exemplify the love of Christ Jesus. Of course there are many ways to do this in life. The Church recognizes marriage as a way that is especially expressive of Christian love -- so much so, traditionally it has been understood as nothing less than a sacrament.
At this session we also reviewed the actions of the 2015 General Convention updating the marriage canon to make same-sex marriage available in the Episcopal Church nationwide.
Join us for our next Believe Out Loud session on Sunday, September 17 at 9:30am in the Library to find out what the Biblical writers said about marriage.