A087 Develop Relationship Pastoral Resources

Resolved, That the 79th General Convention seeks to minister to the growing number of persons entering into sexually intimate relationships other than marriage, while acknowledging the Church's teaching on marriage, by calling for the curation and increased awareness of resources that provide pastoral guidance and teaching on relationships that involve sexual expression; and be it further

Resolved, That the selection process for resources shall be guided by the following principles that were adopted by General Convention 2000-D039: "That we expect such relationships will be characterized by fidelity, monogamy, mutual affection and respect, careful, honest communication, and the holy love which enables those in such relationships to see in each other the image of God.”; and be it further

Resolved, That the 79th General Convention provide guidance to persons seeking to honor God’s call in all aspects of their lives by calling for intentional discernment to relationship, be it to singleness, celibacy, marriage, and/or parenting; and for the curation and increased awareness of resources, including but not limited to spiritual practices, to aid individuals and couples in discerning their vocation; and be it further

Resolved, That the Office of Formation, through partnerships with organizations such as Forma and Church Publishing, curate and create awareness of materials consistent with this resolution.


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