"The purpose of this study is to explore the changing nature of marriage in church and society. .... The challenges involved in discussing the blessing of same sex unions and the move by civil authorities to redefine marriage to include same gender couples necessitates an examination of our understanding of marriage in the church. This is particularly apropos given the recommendation of the St. Michael report that any discussion of blessings be discussed as analogous to marriage. Over the last fifty years significant shifts have occurred in the practice of marriage both within and outside the church. The following six sessions (1-1/2 -- 2 hours each) are an opportunity to explore these shifts and to listen to one another. New insights and/or reaffirmations of tradition will emerge as participants read and discuss together". -- Intro., p. 4.
Contents: Introduction -- Session One: Marriage: Part 1 -- Session Two: Marriage: Part 2 -- Session Three: Changes: Beginnings and Endings (Cohabitation and Divorce) -- Session Four: Church and State in Marriage -- Session Five: Same Partnerships and Marriage -- Session Six: Integrating Reflections -- Evaluation Materials -- Bibliography -- Liturgical Resources.
Liturgical Resources section included complete text of "Liturgy Canada" vol. IX, no. 3, Lent 2003 with lead article "Rethinking the Church's involvement in weddings" by John W.B. Hill.
URL for document on Anglican Church of Canada website: http://www2.anglican.ca/faith/ethics/documents/Marriage.pdf