Main Sections

An Overview
A brief description of what we have done, and a chronology of events. read more ...
The Rite
The rite of blessing itself, a statement the bishop made when issuing it, and the difference between the rite and marriage.  read more ...
The Approval Process
How the decision to have same sex blessings was made in 2002.  read more ...
The Diocese Continues
Outreach and care of parishioners. read more ...

Welcome from the Bishop

This section of our website is designed to bring together information about our collective decision to allow the blessing of the covented unions of gay and lesbian Anglicans in the Greater Vancouver area (the Diocese of New Westminster).

We emphasize that we in this diocese continue to do our work of community outreach and care for our parishioners. The blessing of same sex couples is one part of that. The blessing is a way that some priests use to ensure that homosexual people who seek to be included in the Anglican Communion feel safe and respected.

The blessing is a pastoral tool, one of many. Some priests in some parishes (seven currently) have my permission to bless permanent, faithful relationships. I grant that permission only when the priests request it, and a parish, by majority vote, has decided they want to be a place of blessing.

Not all Anglicans in our church wish to participate. As bishop I insist only that those on all sides of the issue respect one another and that everyone should maintain the order of the church. Our goal in the Anglican Church in the Greater Vancouver area is to be a church that accommodates differences.

Michael Ingham
Bishop