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Church of England refuses to back same-sex marriage
BySylvia Hui
January 19, 2023 — 5.52am
 
London: The Church of England says it will allow blessings for same-sex, civil marriages for the first time but same-sex couples still will not be allowed to marry in its churches.
 
The decision follows five years of debate and consultation on the church’s position on sexuality. It is expected to be outlined in a report to the church’s national assembly, the General Synod, which meets in London next month.
 
 
Same-sex marriage has been legal in England and Wales since 2013, but the church did not change its teaching when the law changed.
By Sylvia Hui
 
 

https://www.theage.com.au/world/europe/church-of-england-refuses-to-back-same-sex-marriage-20230119-p5cdov.html?utm_content=TOP_STORIES&list_name=3C1D28D0-7E1E-4DC0-9DD3-A961CC5360DB&promote_channel=edmail&utm_campaign=am-theage-weekend&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_term=2023-01-19&mbnr=MTQ2ODQyNjY&instance=2023-01-19-07-10-AEDT&jobid=29495476

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23 minutes ago, 👇 ꓤꓱꓷꓠꓵ🎵Tone said:
Church of England refuses to back same-sex marriage
BySylvia Hui
January 19, 2023 — 5.52am

 

Here is the official Press Release direct from the Church of England, which in part says:

 

Bishops propose prayers of thanksgiving, dedication and for God’s blessing for same-sex couples

 

For the first time, under historic plans outlined today, same-sex couples will be able to come to church to give thanks for their civil marriage or civil partnership and receive God’s blessing.

 

The Bishops of the Church of England will be issuing an apology later this week to LGBTQI+ people for the “rejection, exclusion and hostility” they have faced in churches and the impact this has had on their lives.

 

And they will urge all congregations in their care to welcome same-sex couples “unreservedly and joyfully” as they reaffirm their commitment to a “radical new Christian inclusion founded in scripture, in reason, in tradition, in theology and the Christian faith as the Church of England has received it – based on good, healthy, flourishing relationships, and in a proper 21st Century understanding of being human and of being sexual”. 

 

The proposals... offer the fullest possible pastoral provision without changing the Church’s doctrine of Holy Matrimony for same-sex couples through a range of draft prayers, known as Prayers of Love and Faith, which could be used voluntarily in churches for couples who have marked a significant stage of their relationship such as a civil marriage or civil partnership.

 

Under the proposals, same-sex couples would still not be able to get married in a Church of England church, but could have a service in which there would be prayers of dedication, thanksgiving or for God’s blessing on the couple in church following a civil marriage or partnership.

 

The formal teaching of the Church of England as set out in the canons and authorised liturgies – that Holy Matrimony is between one man and one woman for life – would not change.

 

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said: “I am under no illusions that what we are proposing today will appear to go too far for some and not nearly far enough for others, but it is my hope that what we have agreed will be received in a spirit of generosity, seeking the common good.

 

“Most of all I hope it can offer a way for the Church of England, publicly and unequivocally, to say to all Christians and especially LGBTQI+ people that you are welcome and a valued and precious part of the body of Christ.”

 

Synod will be asked to discuss the proposals in detail during its meeting from February 6 to 9, with the main debate on the proposals due to take place on February 8.

 

https://www.churchofengland.org/media-and-news/press-releases/bishops-propose-prayers-thanksgiving-dedication-and-gods-blessing


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1 hour ago, 👇 ꓤꓱꓷꓠꓵ🎵Tone said:
Church of England refuses to back same-sex marriage
BySylvia Hui
January 19, 2023 — 5.52am
 
London: The Church of England says it will allow blessings for same-sex, civil marriages for the first time but same-sex couples still will not be allowed to marry in its churches.
 
The decision follows five years of debate and consultation on the church’s position on sexuality. It is expected to be outlined in a report to the church’s national assembly, the General Synod, which meets in London next month.
 
 
Same-sex marriage has been legal in England and Wales since 2013, but the church did not change its teaching when the law changed.
By Sylvia Hui
 
 

https://www.theage.com.au/world/europe/church-of-england-refuses-to-back-same-sex-marriage-20230119-p5cdov.html?utm_content=TOP_STORIES&list_name=3C1D28D0-7E1E-4DC0-9DD3-A961CC5360DB&promote_channel=edmail&utm_campaign=am-theage-weekend&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_term=2023-01-19&mbnr=MTQ2ODQyNjY&instance=2023-01-19-07-10-AEDT&jobid=29495476

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Getting into some leeway. Just look at the picture. What do you expect of decisions making from guys who wear dresses?

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2 hours ago, Brother_Bliss said:

So it took 5 years for them to consult the scriptures and still come up with the wrong answer? :lol1:

Exactly. They could have come up with the right answer in less than 30 minutes if they'd looked to God's word instead of their own.

Don't give up .. it's just around the corner.

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1 hour ago, Jwanon said:

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Where is that from?

 

I wonder why the US Episcopal Church seems relatively low-down the list (15th) when they approved 'marriage equality' - ie same-sex marriage - back in 2015?

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