Episcopalians seek input on homosexuality

July 22, 1991|By Arizona Republic

PHOENIX, ARIZ. LJB — PHOENIX, Ariz. -- The 70th Triennial Episcopal General Convention dealt with 580 resolutions in its 10 days, with many relating to homosexuality.

The church decided not to forbid the ordination of homosexuals or the blessing of same-sex unions, but it did mandate that bishops write a pastoral teaching on sexuality to be presented at its next convention.

The 121 dioceses in the church are to solicit input from local congregations and to report their findings to the bishops.

However, the church refused to issue a law that would have guaranteed members the right to obtain ordination credentials despite their sexual orientation, gender, age or physical disability.

The church also passed legislation on racism, including a call for local dioceses and parishes to conduct surveys on racism.

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