Legislation is adopted by vote of both the House of Deputies (elected clergy and laity from each diocese) and the House of Bishops.The Episcopal Church's constitution was ratified in 1789, and the Church's roots on North American soil date back more than 400 years to the First Landing of English settlers on April 26, 1607, at what is now Virginia Beach.The General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church today voted in favour of altering the church’s Canon on Marriage to remove the definition that marriage is between a man and a woman and add a new section that acknowledges that there are different understandings of marriage which now allows clergy to solemnise marriage between same sex couples as well as couples of the opposite sex.The revised canon also stipulates that no member of clergy will be required to solemnise a marriage against their conscience.
“So the journey which we now begin must also be a journey of reconciliation.
The Episcopal Church strives to live by the message of Christ, in which there are no outcasts and all are welcome.
Walking a middle way between Roman Catholicism and Protestant traditions, we are a sacramental and worship-oriented church that promotes thoughtful debate about what God is calling us to do and be, as followers of Christ.
The path for women's ordination as deacons, priests and bishops was formalized 30 years ago by the General Convention meeting in 1976.
Significant strides have also followed for the full inclusion of all the baptized without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic background.