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 serves as rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Prior to coming to Jackson, he was the founder and priest at Thad’s, an emergent Episcopal Church in the Santa Monica, California, in the Diocese of Los Angeles. He has also served as the Campus Missioner at the University of Texas in Austin, at All Saints’ in Austin, Texas, and All Saints’ Parish in Beverly Hills, California. He is a graduate the University of Texas at Austin and Virginia Theological Seminary. Presently, he serves as the Chair of the Board of the Episcopal Evangelism Society, and in years past has worked with Red Bull High Performance teaching athletes spiritual disciplines, with Naval Special Warfare working to create systems for character development within special operations teams, and was a speaker at TEDx, Venice Beach.
Married to Cindy and dad to Jas and Jade, the Bartz family loves to spend time outside mountaineering, skiing, fly-fishing, hunting and surfing.  Jimmy is currently writing a book on the spirituality of risk.

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