Offer your feedback to the Task Force on the Study of Marriage

I’m writing to ask you for a favor.

In June, The Episcopal Church Task Force on the Study of Marriage released a “tool kit” with resources for discussion and feedback as they prepare our report for the Blue Book for the 2015 General Convention. In that set of resources is “A History of Marriage” — a brief (17 page) review of the history of Christian marriage.

Their goal is to create a “tool kit” that helps “The Episcopal Church and its people discuss and study what we mean by marriage. What does it mean to be married? What does the church have to say about marriage? What makes a marriage Christian? What is the role of the church in marriage? In a rapidly changing culture in the United States, what values does the church hold as indispensable to marriage? How can the church continue to speak to people about relationships, faithfulness and life in Christ? And how does marriage serve as an icon of the love of Christ not just to the couple but to their larger communities?”

We in the Diocese of California have a lot of experience with discussing marriage. So on behalf of Oasis we’re asking you to apply your expert knowledge and review the proposed document. To date, only a few have responded to the toolkit — and so today we ask you to provide helpful feedback as the task force prepares a report we hope will both inform and inspire General Convention .

Here is a link to the documents: ... the history is on pages 27-43.

Could you please advise the Task Force:

  • Is this information clear?
  • Is this information helpful?
  • Are they missing anything?
  • Did anything surprise you?
  • Did you learn anything that expanded or challenged your understanding of marriage?
  • Do you have any other feedback the Task Force should have?

Many thanks!

Members of The Episcopal Church Task Force on the Study of Marriage