We’ve come a very long way since the Claiming the Blessing collaborative first came together in 2002. We have been honored — and challenged! — to be part of an extraordinary time of moving both the church and the culture forward on the full inclusion of LGBT people. A wise activist once counseled that we were called to “set audacious goals and to celebrate incremental victories.” And that is the work we are still about.

The story of Claiming the Blessing is one of incremental victories on the road to that yet unachieved goal of full inclusion. And we believe that knowing our past helps us both prepare for and influence the future.

For a summary of what has been achieved in the Episcopal Church, see Knowing Our History— a legislative background paper prepared by Susan Russell.

View PDFs of resources prepared for the 78th and 79th General Conventions of the Episcopal Church:
2015: “Claiming the Blessing: The Case for Marriage” here.
2018: “Full & Equal Means Full & Equal”

Much has been accomplished but there is still more work to do. Stay tuned as we continue to live out our call to make the audacious goal of the full inclusion of all the baptized in all the sacraments a reality in the Episcopal Church.