At the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church which finished its business on July 13, 2018, both the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies overwhelming passed Resolution BO12, Marriage Rites for the Whole Church.
We expected Bishop Bauerschmidt will announce his intentions for this diocese prior to the first Sunday of Advent. However, as of Epiphany I, we have received no instructions.
As the weeks since Advent I has passed, the ASAP steering group has become more and more concerned with the delay in implementing B012, We believe it is important to ask our bishop to follow the resolutions duly voted upon at the General Convention. We also hold that it is important that those outside of this diocese know what is happening here.
Therefore we composed two letters — one to our Bishop and one to the Presiding Bishop, both copied to each other, to the President of the House of Deputies, and to the co-chair (with our bishop) of the Task Force on Communion Across Difference. These letters were mailed via the US Postal Service on Monday, January 7, 2019. In addition to the signatories listed on the letters, each is co-signed by over 100 Episcopalians from the Diocese of Tennessee representing seven different congregations in the diocese. Click on the links here to see a copy of the letter to Bishop Bauerschmidt and the letter to Bishop Curry.