Marriage Policies & Forms


Canonical Declaration

Canonical Declaration to be signed prior to the solemnization of any marriage:  

“We understand the teaching of the church that God’s purpose for our marriage is for our mutual joy, for the help and comfort we will give to each other in prosperity and adversity, and, when it is God’s will, for the gift and heritage of children and their nurture in the knowledge and love of God.  We also understand that our marriage is to be unconditional, mutual, exclusive faithful, and life long; and we engage to make the utmost effort to accept these gifts and fulfill these duties, with the help of God and the support of our community.”

Consents for Remarriage

If either or both the bride or groom have previously been married, the consent of the Bishop is required before any marriage can occur.

Please read the Guidelines for Consent of the Bishop for Remarriage [Title I, Canon 19.3(c)] before filling out the Consent for Remarriage Form. Please mail the completed form and all documents (please be sure that you have an original, certified copy of the final decree) to Renee Abel in the Diocesan Office.

  1. A solemnization of any marriage under Title I, Canon 19, should be reported to the Bishop within ten (10) days after the wedding on the form provided with the Consent.

Marriage Equality Policy

Click here for Bishop Johnson’s policy on Marriage Equality in the Diocese of West TN.  This policy will take effect on the First Sunday of Advent 2015 (November 29, 2015).

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