Pastoral Subcommittee

The Pastoral Subcommittee of the Task Force on the Study of Marriage crafted this survey on relationships to collect stories about committed relationships, both same gender and opposite gender. It was originally sent to all bishops, deputies, and alternates deputies. At the meeting of the Task Force in September, we reviewed the many helpful stories we received, and decided to distribute it more broadly. We are asking bishops, chairs of deputations, and diocesan communication officers to distribute the survey to members of their dioceses. This second round of the survey also includes an additional question from the Ecclesial Subcommittee of the Task Force. If you already filled out the survey the first time, it is fine to respond to this question only (see question 15).

Question Title

* 1. Please tell us about a committed or intimate relationship – including dedication to singleness or commitment to an intentional religious community - in which you are involved, or of which you are aware, and how this has had a significant (positive or negative) impact on your life.

Question Title

* 2. Was The Episcopal Church (or other church), diocese, or parish/congregation helpful to this relationship?

Question Title

* 3. If not helpful – or marginally helpful – how could the church have done better to support or nurture the relationship described?

Please share with us as much contextual data about those involved in your story as you feel comfortable sharing pertaining to age, gender, culture, race, sexual orientation, marital status, etc.

Question Title

* 4. Age of the first person in the relationship.

Question Title

* 5. Age of the second person in the relationship, if applicable.

Question Title

* 6. Gender of the first person in the relationship.

Question Title

* 7. Gender of the second person in the relationship, if applicable.

Question Title

* 8. Culture or race of the first person in the relationship.

Question Title

* 9. Culture or race of the second person in the relationship, if applicable.

Question Title

* 10. What sexual orientation would you choose to describe this relationship?

Question Title

* 11. What relationship type below best characterizes this relationship?

Question Title

* 13. Respondent's Province.  Please choose your province.

Question Title

* 14. I give permission for the task force to use quotations from my narrative in their report to the General Convention or in educational materials.

Question Title

* 15. Since December 2015 the Episcopal Church has made marriage liturgies equally available to both opposite and same sex couples.  Can you share a personal story of the impact this has had on you, your congregation or your diocese?


For additional information please click on the documents tab at http://www.generalconvention.org/TFMarriage, the web page of the Task Force on the Study of Marriage on the General Convention website.  You will find links in the documents section there to the following: the GC2015 Blue book report which includes data on current relationship trends taken from work completed in the last Triennium (Essay 7); our enabling resolution, A037; a document on Framing Stories for those who may want to do some small group meetings to gather stories; and a web link to a wonderful piece by Garrison Keillor that presents current relationship data in song and verse.

T