Thinking Anglicans

United Reformed Church memo on Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill

Dr Augur Pearce appeared before the scrutiny committee last week, and his written memorandum on behalf of the United Reformed Church has now been published.

Memorandum submitted by the United Reformed Church (MB 05) MARRIAGE (SAME-SEX COUPLES) BILL

His remarks concerning Clause 2 of the bill are particularly interesting.

The transcript of his oral evidence is back here (scroll down, he was one of the last two witnesses in that session).

6
Leave a Reply

avatar
3000
6 Comment threads
0 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
6 Comment authors
JCFJohnLaurence RobertsFather Ron SmithCRW Recent comment authors
  Subscribe  
newest oldest
Notify of
Cynthia
Guest
Cynthia

The URC sounds so reasonable. Making provisions for local decisions so that people can follow their conscience either way.

That’s what our bishop has done with Same Sex Blessings in TEC in our diocese. It really is a very good way to go. Better than the tyranny of one group over another. However, it is worth saying that the national church supports SSB’s. It’s really important that the national body not support hate and discrimination. Bishops respond at the local level. That can be a mixed bag, but I like our bishops solution.

CRW
Guest
CRW

The EHRC made the same point about clause 2. They are pointing out that the bill currently protects a religious body, so that its ministers cannot disobey it and perform marriages against its wishes, but in the opposite direction it prevents religions from enforcing their doctrine on their ministers.

I am afraid Burrowes, Loughton and their ilk only think of religious freedom and integrity in one direction however.

Father Ron Smith
Guest

“10. The URC has been conducting a wide-ranging discussion of views on the wider topic of same-sex relationships for nearly twenty years. In that time it has come to recognise the wide diversity of sincerely held views on the topic within its own membership. One powerful reason why it has made no official statement on the matter is to avoid the possibility of a split within the Church.” – Item from URC Submission to the UK Government – Now here’s what I call a valid call to Ecclesial Unity – based on authentic Diversity – something quite different from the… Read more »

Laurence Roberts
Guest
Laurence Roberts

Reuters agree with the Bill !

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/02/21/uk-news-giant-reuters-announces-support-for-same-sex-marriage-bill/

Moral leadership from many sources but churches do not feature over-much.

I found the fruit of twenty years of refelction / prevarication by the URC wonderfully enlightening.

John
Guest
John

Agree with you entirely, Father Ron. Agree with you even more so when you substitute ‘women’s orders’ for ‘the subject of same-sex relationships’.

JCF
Guest
JCF

OK, I can’t resist—

“Dr Augur Pearce appeared before the scrutiny committee last week…”

Dr Augur Pearce?! Did offer any sharp, penetrating insights? Did he drill down and/or get to the entrails of the matter?

Oh, Brits and their straight-out-of-Dickens names… ;-p