Christian marriage is a solemn and public covenant between two people in the presence of God. The Episcopal Church recognizes the legitimacy of same-sex marriages, and Grace Church celebrates and upholds this belief in marriage equality. Fr Matt's academic paper on the subject, prepared for the diocese of Connecticut in 2009, may be found here. (Its practical recommendations are dated in the light of subsequent court and church developments.) But marriage should not be an occasion for argument but celebration. And so it is at Grace.
Whether the wedding is traditional or non-traditional, bilingual or monolingual, here in our sanctuary or at a venue, we are prepared to discuss with the couple what their hopes and dreams are for their union. But there are a few rules to follow. At least one member of the couple must be Christian, and typically the couple has established or anticipates establishing a relationship with Grace Church as a parishioner or relative of a parishioner. All couples must undergo premarital counseling (usually in discussion over four sessions with Fr Matt) on the meaning of Christian marriage, the expectations of family, challenges of life together, and the actual planning of the service. This includes practical matters such as service schedule, music, and associated costs.
Those interested may contact the parish office for more information. And those wishing to renew their marital vows are also encouraged to contact Father Matt through the office.