A priest talks about gay marriage today

Pastor Jimmy Bartz gives his thoughts on gay marriage and how the church should approach it
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A priest talks about gay marriage today

People ask me because I'm a priest what my thoughts are on gay marriage and what the church should do about gay marriage. And my opinion is that the church should treat gay marriage just like we treat any other marriage. As a priest, one of the most wonderful privileges of my life is to be able to preside and celebrate the marriage of one person to another. And I don't really see any difference between straight marriage and gay marriage. I do think that there are opportunities as a faith community or a faith tradition as a priest or a pastor to advise couples as they engage in the process of marrying each other. To me, what we see in Hollywood on movies at marriage ceremonies is I do. I do marry you. But what we have in the liturgy of marriage, within the context of marriage is I will. I will keep marrying you every day until the day that one of us dies. It's a practice that we engage. And it doesn't matter if we're gay or straight. It matters that we pick up marriage. That we pick up love every day. And we continue to marry our partners every day, gay or straight.

Pastor Jimmy Bartz gives his thoughts on gay marriage and how the church should approach it


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Jimmy is the founder and convener of Thad’s—a spiritual community meeting on Sunday mornings in The Writer’s Bootcamp in Santa Monica. An ordained Episcopal priest, Jimmy has spent most of his professional life leading communities in the work of making a love-spreading difference in the world that surrounds them.

His recent work includes studying the relationship between the outdoors and positive, psycho-spiritual health. When not in the office, he can be found in the ocean or in the mountains, usually with his wife, Cindy, or his two children, Jas and Jade.

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