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Some CofE churches consider new synod to oppose marriage equality

Some CofE churches consider new synod to oppose marriage equality

Less than a dozen Anglican Churches in the Church of England are considering a “new synod.” A few churches who oppose marriage equality will be meeting to discuss aligning with other anti-LGBT churches around the communion.

Ruth Gledhill writes in Christian Today (not the same as Christianity Today) reports:

Nearly a dozen evangelical churches in the Church of England that oppose gay marriage are to align themselves with the world’s leading conservative Anglican coalition.

About 12 parishes from three counties in the south of England are meeting this week to show support for the Jerusalem Statement, the statement of faith drawn up by the worldwide Global Anglican Future Conference, or Gafcon.

The meeting will be hosted by Rev Peter Sanlon, Vicar of St Mark’s, Tunbridge Wells in the Rochester diocese. They will discuss the possibility of a new Anglican synod to be set up if the Church of England moves towards formalising same-sex blessings or gay marriage, according to the Telegraph.

The Guardian has the story here.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, the Rev Dr Peter Sanlon, vicar of St Mark’s in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, said a split in the Church of England was a real prospect if its leaders continue to “water down” teaching on issues such as homosexuality.

Representatives of almost 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.

 

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Cynthia Katsarelis

It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the "established church." Parliament and the Queen are pretty sympathetic to gay marriage.

It is interesting that he makes this move now. The ABC and ABY are still robustly discriminating against LGBT clergy who legally marry. So the leadership is pretty solidly with his position. Could it be that the "shared conversations" scared him? Or that the recent revolution of CoE clergy coming out and declaring their marriages has prompted this? Hard to say.

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JC Fisher

Reading Dr Sanlon's writing*, I'm struck by his PROJECTION: "they're setting up a New Religion!" [he says, as they take step to found a new sect]

Blessing of same-sex unions is so DEFINITIVE for him, that anything/anyone in support of it is, to him, *obviously* heretical (w/ extreme prejudice!). WHO has the New Religion here?

* See his 2 part "review" of the book "Amazing Love", here: http://churchsociety.org/blog/archive/2016/07

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Bill Reeder

They won't have litigation, and (as an established church), they can actually declare who is - and who is not - an Anglican. This is all PR for GAFCON folks.

So we're just on the 17th verse of this hymn.

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Paul Woodrum

Following Jesus has its price, but I doubt the C of E will pay it.

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