Sunday night at our 5:00 p.m. service, we blessed the union of Melissa Capers and Bruni Hernandez. In keeping with our mission that Christ Church is a welcoming, open, and inclusive congregation and recognizing that our membership represents a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds, nationalities, political affiliations, family configurations, sexual orientations, abilities, and religious traditions, this is one more milestone that acts on our words. We are single, married, partnered, divorced, widowed, re-married, gay and lesbian, with and without children, empty nesters, old and young, and differently gifted. You name it—we’re here.

 Now that our diocese has approved same-sex blessings, this provides us the opportunity to live more fully into our diversity by enabling us to extend the blessing to all committed couples, without discrimination. With the full blessing of our vestry and bishop, it has been our privilege to mark this moment as the beginning of a new era with Melissa and Bruni.

 I am mindful of St. Paul’s powerful witness found in First Corinthians: “… If one member of the body of Christ suffers, all suffer together; and if one member is honored, all rejoice.” One of Christ Church’s strengths is holding the center while various perspectives and opinions circle around us. We don’t ask for agreement as much as we ask for conversation and patience. This way we move together toward the unfolding truth of God’s eternal word.