Marriage

Holy matrimony is Christian marriage “in which the woman and man enter into a life-long union, make their vows before God and Church, and receive the grace and blessing of God to help them fulfill their vows.”

What if someone is divorced? Can they get remarried in the Church?

We believe that God desires the ever-deepening monogamous and lifelong union between wedded people, but that sometimes things don’t work out this way. The Church believes that Christians whose marriages have ended in divorce may marry again.

Does the Church believe that marriage applies only to men and women?

The mind of the Episcopal Church is divided on this matter. Some loving and sincere Christians believe that it does. Other Christians, equally loving and sincere, believe that Christian marriage should be available to same-sex couples as well. Some dioceses have begun to prepare rites for the blessing of same-sex unions. The diocese of Ohio, presently has decided to observe a prayerful moratorium on such blessings for the time being, while the Anglican Communion, of which we are a part, works through this divisive issue.

As a practical matter, Christ Church Oberlin is an open and affirming congregation. All people, whatever their sexual or gender orientation, are heartily welcome.