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ECC Pacific NW Regional Retreat
Response to Supreme Court Rulings on DOMA and Prop 8:
Supreme Court handed down decisions in two important cases. It struck down a
provision of the
Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which defined marriage as between one man and one
woman, thereby extending federal rights and protections for legally marred same
sex couples. And, it dismissed an appeal regarding California’s
Proposition 8, clearing the way for same sex marriage to resume in California. We applaud
the Court for taking these steps, and look forward to the changes which these
decisions will bring about in our society.
rulings are positive steps forward, they are only two steps in the
process of establishing equal rights and protections for all. Currently, same
sex couples are allowed to legally marry in only a handful of states. We
must continue the efforts to bring full equality for all in each state.
have opposed the extension of legal rights and protections to same sexed couples
on religious grounds, we offer our perspective on this matter as Ecumenical
Catholics. We affirm the goodness of creation, and the human body, in the
context of the incarnation of God in Christ. We regard the teaching of Jesus,
and of the whole New Testament, as overpoweringly in favor of love of neighbor
and concern for the welfare of others. Therefore, we maintain that gay and
lesbian persons should be accorded the same dignity and freedom that is the
gift of our Creator.
of faith continues to develop our understanding that the love of God is present
in all creation, and therefore in every human being irrespective of race,
gender or sexual orientation. The moral issue for Christians is not whether
love is homosexual or heterosexual, or on a continuum between these two. The
moral issue is the extent to which our love is characterized by the fruits of
the Spirit (i.e., love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity,
faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control). This applies to all people, whatever
their sexual orientation. And it is the standard by which Christian behavior is
welcome gay and lesbian individuals and couples fully into our faith
communities. And, we proudly count among our ordained clergy a number of gay
and lesbian individuals. We embrace these sisters and brothers, welcome
them into the household of faith, and provide a context in which to live out
the ideals of love, fidelity and commitment to one another. In order to
strengthen their shared life together in Christ we offer, to those who desire
it, the graces of a holy union blessed by the Church, including legal marriage
in those states where this is currently possible.
the actions taken today by our highest Court. These decisions resonate
with our experience, individually and communally. We encourage others to
embrace these decisions, and to continue efforts to extend these legal rights
and protections to all of our citizens. We particularly call upon
religious leaders from every perspective to embrace these decisions; to see in
them the expansion of the boundaries of justice for our citizens, and an
opportunity for our society to move in the direction of increased tolerance and
respect for the natural diversity in all of God’s creation.
Most Rev. Peter E. Hickman
Response to the Letter from the Archdiocese of Seattle on Referendum 74
Our initial response to this letter of April 2012 is to send our readers to the Pastoral Letter on Human Sexuality: The Sacred Body, published by the Presiding Bishop's office of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion. We will have an additional response from our community of Emmaus ECC soon. Here is an excerpt from the Pastoral Letter on Human Sexuality: The Sacred Body:
"The Christian understanding of sexual morality, like many other issues in Christian teaching, has developed over time. What remains consistent is the standard of measure, which is love. In order to clarify and contextualize our understanding of same sex relationships in the life of the Church, we have used the great commandment of love to frame this document. We affirm the goodness of creation and the human body in the context of the incarnation of God in Christ, and believe that we are called to respond to God’s presence with love for God and for our neighbor."