Maori resolution opens ordination process for gays/lesbians

From New Zealand, we have word of this resolution passing at the annual meeting of the Maori Anglican diocese which is in the East Coast of North Island in New Zealand.

That Te Hui Amorangi o Te Manawa o Te Wheke receives with thanks the report from Te Pihopatanga o Aotearoa commission on Human Sexuality and moves in principle to adopt the statement on ordination provided that any gay and lesbian (takatapui) candidates/ordinands are carefully and prayerfully selected, supported and encouraged through their discernment process.

Moved – Moana Hall-Smith.
Second – Ngira Simmonds

It’s an interesting development given that in the tripartite Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand, and Polynesia, each of the various groupings has historically shown great deference to its partners.

(The “constitutionally autonomous” Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand, and Polynesia is a loose confederation of the three churches so named, each area having its own minimal canonical structure. The province’s 1992 Constitution calls for each area to manage its business in unrestricted partnership with the other two, while “[ordering] their affairs within their own cultural context.”)

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  1. tgflux

    Methinks, if there were any doubt about it, that a group of indigenous Anglicans from the “Global South” will be booted from “Global South Anglicans” (because, as antipodean as Aotearoa is, it’s not Globally Southern ENOUGH! ;-/)

    JC Fisher

  2. Dä'ved Äyan

    I have never gotten the impression from interacting with Father Bosco @ that folks in the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand, and Polynesia, considered that they were a loose confederation of the three churches so named, but one church made from autonomous components from three cultures. A difference that I feel at least.

    I shall ask him.

  3. This is the only source I have seen on this information so far.

    I think the description of us being “a loose confederation of the three churches” is an expression I would be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. Our General Synod meets soon, and for discussion purposes on the proposed Anglican Covenant will meet separately in three houses (lay, clergy, bishops – all tikanga together) and then in three tikanga – all houses together. Mostly they will meet in one group. All bishops from each tikanga were present at +Ross Bay (Auckland) ordination to the episcopate and there was recognition of each cultural stream at that service. Just a couple of examples. There may be issues and points of discussion about our tikanga structure – but I’m not sure that I would start from this description.


  4. As you can tell we (Café) do not entirely understand New Zealand polity and are struggling to do the best we can do. Hope to hear more about it Bosco and others who live it.

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