On Saturday, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Amarillo celebrated the marriage of two women, long-time domestic partners. The ceremony was the traditional wedding liturgy from our Book of Common Prayer. It looked to anyone like any other marriage liturgy in the Episcopal Church.
Until the couple was to be “presented.” Normally, the presenters would be family members, maybe close friends. Not on Saturday. On Saturday, the entire Vestry, essentially the board of directors for our parish, presented the couple. On Saturday, the Vestry, the reflection of and representation of our church family and Christian community, presented these women on our behalf.
On Saturday, in that one moment, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church showed everything our parish is about.