Comments: Supporting Civil Partnerships

" the General Synod in 1997 urged ‘deanery synods, clergy chapters and congregations to find time for prayerful study and reflection on the issues’ about homosexual relationships, in fact little discussion has taken place. We have been very shy of raising the issues at all."

Well we can congratulate ourselves on having it on Simon's site... to near exhaustion... and without agreement - if anything moving towards polarization! Which is, I suspect, the reason why it has not bee raised for open debate in the church!

Posted by Dave at Friday, 16 September 2005 at 7:00pm BST

It all goes to prove that hypocrisy is easier than acceptance and love for some people.

Posted by Kieran at Monday, 19 September 2005 at 2:20pm BST

As a member of the Church of England, and a Church Warden of my parish who happens also to be a gay man I have read the comments and articles quoted with a deep feeling of sorrow.
I have shared my life with my partner for 23 years, we are both christians, both anglicans, both active within the the life of our parish, and both accepted by our parish.
I came upon this site whilst looking for readings for our 'Civil Partnership Ceremony', now I feel sad. We have at least three priests as guests and friends at out ceremony, yet not one can give us a blessing.
Just four months ago my partner had a heart attack and was rushed to hospital, and because i was not his legal next of kin, we had to hope and depend upon the kindness and understanding of the nursing staff to grant me access to his bedside at this very difficult time.
This act of registering our relationship will grant us both the same rights as heterosexuals take for granted, howbeit with the blessing of the church we both love.
Why are our Bishops so afraid of my partner and me, when the people in the pews are so happy for us.
Does the unity of the church depend upon the supression of one section of the community?
Are we not all 'One in Jesus Christ'?.

Posted by Mike Smith at Monday, 26 December 2005 at 10:13pm GMT
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