The Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music, as part of the work of providing resources for the blessing of relationships forbidden by Scripture, which it was asked to do by the most recent General Convention, has published an ‘Outline of  Theological Principles’, here.

Section I is too general to be worth discussing, perhaps, but Section II is surely something that deserves comment from Evangelicals. It is headed ‘ Theological Retrieval’, and reads: 
 
“Rooting the blessing of covenantal relationships in baptism suggests a fruitful retrieval of three key touchstones from Christian history concerning the significance of those covenants, including same-gender relationships:
 
“1.  The sacramental character of covenantal relationships (committed relationships make God’s presence and divine grace visible);

“2.  The Trinitarian imprint of covenantal life (the perpetual and mutual self-giving and other-receiving of the Holy Trinity);

“3.  The eschatological vision inspired and evoked by covenantal relationship (the desire that leads us to commit ourselves to another person reflects the human desire and hope for union with God-in-Christ).”

Are these ‘retrievable’ from Christian History—ie, have earlier Christians articulated anything along these lines? If so, or even if not so, do they have any grounding in Scripture? Can we help the SCLM think this section through?

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