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DSO News: A new chaplain to postulants, candidates and residents

7 May 2010

[H/T:  Pearls Before Swine]

From the DSO E-Newsletter:

Bishop Thomas E. Breidenthal has appointed the Rev. Lynn Carter-Edmands as chaplain to postulants, candidates and residents of the Diocese of Southern Ohio.

Carter-Edmands, rector of St. James, Columbus, will offer pastoral care and support throughout the process of discernment for ordained ministry.

I found this interesting blurb in the latest edition of St. James’ newsletter:

SACRED UNIONS IN THE DIOCESE OF SOUTHERN OHIO

At our diocesan convention last November, Bishop Breidenthal
announced that he was lifting the ban on the blessing of samegender
unions in this diocese beginning Easter 2010. The rector
and other clergy in our deanery have been meeting to discuss
what this means for our congregations. At both masses on Sunday,
May 16th, Mother Lynn will be teaching about sacred unions as
we have come to understand them in this diocese. Following both
masses, there will be a time for questions and discussion in the
Lamborne Room. This is a topic of widespread interest as well as
confusion, and one that can benefit from some clarity among us
all as a congregation.

Random thoughts:

– “Sacred Unions,” sounds like it could be a new buzzword for various kinds of sexual relationships.  Since Bp. Breidenthal is being careful not to denigrate sexual relationships that exist without the benefit of a formal blessing, at first blush there doesn’t seem to be a limit to the kind of sexual relationship that DSO would “bless.” 

– At our convention this past November, Bp. Breidenthal mentioned one of the stipulations for SSB’s for DSO was that the rector would have to “discuss” the matter with the congregation prior to the “blessing.”  It sounds like St. James is gearing up for SSB’s. 

– The nature of the “discussion” is interesting, given the verbiage of the article: 

“Mother Lynn will be teaching…”  ;
“…as we have come to understand them in this diocese..”  ;
“This is a topic of widespread interest as well as confusion…”  ;
“…clarity among us as a congregation.” 

Maybe it’s just me, but this discussion doesn’t sound like much of a discussion. 

Hm, a very interesting week in DSO.  One person is terminated, and another is promoted. 

What have we learned, boys and girls?

– Elder

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