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Church blesses unions
Church blesses unions

St. Pauls on Corner announces intent to recognize same-sex unions

By Michelle Davis, Associate Editor on October 5, 2011

St. Pauls Memorial Church, an Episcopal Church on the Corner, may be blessing same-sex relationships by next spring.

The decision to recognize same-sex unions, which was announced during Rector James Richardsons sermon last week, served as a response to the Episcopal Churchs years-long debate concerning how to include gay and lesbian people in our church, Richardson said.

St. Pauls, which falls into the Diocese of Virginia, is under the discretion of Bishop Shannon Johnston. To gauge the interest of his diocese before implementing any changes, Johnston started a year-and-a-half of dialogue with formal listening meetings with diocesans, Richardson said.

St. Pauls is one of seven churches in the Diocese of Virginia approved by Johnston to recognize same-sex relationships.
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