UPDATE – Tonight, 11 JUL 2016, the resolution to bring marriage equality to the ACoC failed in the House of Clergy by 1 vote. It passed by the needed 2/3s majority in the Houses of Bishops & Laity. A motion to reconsider the vote on the resolution was defeated.
During his sermon for the opening eucharist for the Anglican Church of Canada’s 2016 triennial synod, the most Revd Fred Hiltz, reminded those gathered that the Canadian Church had passed through questions of inclusion a number of times since it’s first synod held in 1893.
The Shared Conversations program has been conducting structured, open-ended discussions around sexuality throughout the dioceses of the Church of England since September 2014. A closed-door session after the close of General Synod business next month is designed to allow small groups of General Synod representatives a similarly opportunity.
Representatives from at least six church organizations—including Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Archbishop Josiah Atkins Idowu-Fearon are expected to speak at General Synod
“I wasn’t expecting to get on – I thought the clergy were too conservative to vote for a progressive like me,”
Now, it looks as though the Church of England’s General Synod will be examining a series of proposals backed by the Archbishops of York and Canterbury which have been described as the most radical shake-up in generations to prevent the church from going into “terrifying” decline
In his first presidential address to General Synod, the Archbishop of Canterbury told the church to recognize that that the “cultural and political ground” in Britain is “changing”, and to “accept that there is a revolution in the area of sexuality, and we have not fully heard it”.
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