The Scottish Episcopal Church has been holding its diocesan synods, and voting on proposals that would allow for some clergy to perform marriages for same-sex couples. The proposals would change Canon 31 of the Scottish Episcopal Church, and will face a final vote at the General Synod, to be held this July.
Failure to pass in the House of Clergy means the report on the CoE’s approach to marriage equality and full inclusion is rejected; but does that mean the CoE goes back to square one?
Can you guess why?
On November 13th, the Global Anglican Future Conference released a list of members of the Church of England they felt…
Bishop Nicholas fully understands, and lives by, the House of Bishops’ guidance on issues in human sexuality. For me, and for those who assisted in his appointment, the fact that Bishop Nicholas is gay is not, and has never been, a determining factor.”
Representatives of less than a dozen congregations are due to gather in Tunbridge Wells this week to discuss how they will uphold traditional teaching. They have no immediate plan to break away from the church but are forming “embryonic” structures in case the church continues to move in what they consider to be a liberal direction.
Provincial Synod to discuss resolution allowing for blessing of same-sex civil unions and ordination of LGBT persons
Monday, 1 AUG, Vice President Joe Biden officiated at a civil marriage for two men. The Vice President & Dr Biden hosted the wedding in their government provided Washington DC residence at the U.S. Naval Observatory. A few days after the Vice President officiated at the wedding, three US bishops wrote a blog piece condemning his action.
Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, says he understands why some bishops have chosen to go ahead with the solemnization of same-sex marriages, even though the marriage canon (church law) cannot be officially changed until it is voted on again at General Synod 2019.
In fact, it seems, the Amendment passed the vote.
UPDATE: 2/3 was achieved in all 3 orders. Resolution passes according to Diocesan Twitter feed.