To our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender brothers, sisters and siblings:
Saint Thomas of Canterbury welcomes you!
The Position of The National Episcopal Church and St Thomas of Canterbury Episcopal Church:
In 1976, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church (governing body) declared that “Homosexual persons are children of God who have a full and equal claim with all other persons upon the love, acceptance, and pastoral concern of the Church. Since then, faithful Episcopalians have been working toward a greater understanding and radical inclusion of all God’s children.
Along the way, The Episcopal Church has garnered a lot of attention, but with the help of organizations such as Integrity USA, the church has continued its work toward full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Episcopalians. In 2003, the first openly gay bishop was consecrated; in 2009, General Convention resolved that God’s call is open to all; in 2012, a provisional rite of blessing for same -gender relationships was authorized, and discrimination against transgender persons in the ordination process was officially prohibited; and in 2015, the canons ( laws) of the church were changed to make the rite of marriage available to all people, regardless of gender.”
The Episcopal Church has over a dozen useful links available for further information on faith formation, bible apps, gender studies, Integrity USA, blessings, marriage, fellowship, scholarly resources and online magazines. Please go to http://www.episcopalchurch.org/lgbtq-church
Persons interested in sacramental services or other concerns please call the church at (505) 247-2515 and ask to speak to the clergy.