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  • Update, July 18, 2012: We have placed all the comments made on the various posts of this blog on a separate page for reader accessibility. To view the comments, please click here. However, those comments that contained derogatory remarks and/or name calling were not included.

Throughout the time spent reporting from the 77th General Convention of The Episcopal Church, comments were enabled on this blog pending the approval of the diocesan communications team. We expected to answer questions and receive feedback on our reports; we also expected to read personal comments on the issues presented.

We are grateful for the many positive remarks we have received toward the good work of the diocese or the actions of General Convention, and we fully respect those comments that relayed disappointment in the resolutions passed, particularly Resolution A049 which authorized liturgical blessings for same-sex unions.

It is clear how divisive the issues surrounding human sexuality can be here at home and in the broader Church. As comments on the passing of Resolution A049 came in, those that contained harsh language and/or addressed another reader with negative remarks were not approved. At the publication of this post, all comments on this blog have been removed.

The future of this diocese with regard to A049 is being prayerfully considered, as Bishop Lillibridge has put together a focus group to help discern how to faithfully move forward. Lillibridge has said that no matter the outcome of the actions of General Convention, the fabric of our diocese will remain intact and strong. There is clear understanding of both sides of the issue and a commitment to proceed with pastoral response for all involved.

Thank you for your participation during General Convention. We will keep you informed as the many decisions from Convention bear fruit here at home. Please stay tuned for a video recap from Bishop Lillibridge, to be posted next week.

The Department of Communications
Episcopal Diocese of West Texas

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