Comments: Church of England: Sexuality Working Group asks for contributions

Perhaps, the terms of reference is amply embedded the St.Andrew's Day Statement to which Lambeth 1.10 refers:

'Many competing interpretations of the phenomena can be found in contemporary discussion, none of them with an unchallengeable basis in scientific data. The church has no need to espouse any one theory, but may learn from many. To every theory, however, it must put the question whether it is adequate to the understanding of human nature and its redemption that the Gospel proclaims. Theories which fail this test can only imprison the imagination by foreclosing the recognition of emotional variety and development.

To "interpret the times" in the midst of this theoretical confusion, the church must avoid being lulled by the vague idea that there is a transparent and necessary progress of thought working itself out in history, with which it has only somehow to keep abreast. It must search for conceptual and theological clarification. Without this there are dangers in a wide-ranging programme of discussions which, with insufficient support from the church's teaching, may serve merely to amplify the Babel of confused tongues.

The primary pastoral task of the church in relation to all its members, whatever their self-understanding and mode of life, is to re-affirm the good news of salvation in Christ, forgiveness of sins, transformation of life and incorporation into the holy fellowship of the church.'

Posted by David Shepherd at Saturday, 3 March 2012 at 4:15pm GMT

I have just sent off my own submission to this Commission. I do hope that everyone on this site will make their own submissions - either based on their own experiences of homophobia in the Church, or of their connection with monogamous, faithful partnered relationships of LGBTQ people they know.

It is time the Church of England came out of the closet and affirmed the reality of the situation; that there are Christian people - even clergy - in the community who live happily with their homosexual orientation, believing that God has gifted them with an acute sense of the need for loving, caring relationships, that are nurturing and intrinsically faithful.

There needs to a realisation that none of us is perfect - if we were, there would have been no need for the Redeemer, whose love has saved us from the problems of ourselves. Deo gratias!

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Monday, 5 March 2012 at 4:16am GMT

I hope all our Thinking Anglicans have sent in something to the commission. I have!

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Saturday, 10 March 2012 at 8:24am GMT
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