Comments: URC to allow the marriage of same-sex couples in its churches

So that proves it is reasonable for Christians to believe that same sex marriage is not un-Biblical.

Good news.

Posted by Kate at Saturday, 9 July 2016 at 9:03pm BST

The URC is one of the fastest declining denominations in England.

Posted by robert ian williams at Saturday, 9 July 2016 at 9:51pm BST

"The URC is one of the fastest declining denominations in England".
Hopefully their welcome decision will help slow the decline.

Posted by FrDavidH at Saturday, 9 July 2016 at 10:45pm BST

Your comment, Robert, some how implies that there is a link between "success" in numbers and a decision to do what is right!

I am quite sure that the URC has not taken this decision because they feel it will make them popular or fill their pews, but because they believe it is what God is calling them to do!

I believe a smaller church, which is doing the will of God, is more important than a bigger one, such as is often seen in Africa, which pedals popular prejudice for financial gain and political influence.

Whatever our beliefs, liberal of conservative, numbers are surely not the measure of success? Instead faithfulness to the Gospel is what we should stand firm in.

Posted by Iain Baxter at Saturday, 9 July 2016 at 11:17pm BST

Folks may be interested in the comments made yesterday to Canada's General Synod (now in session) by The Anglican communion General Secretary:


"Speaking of his home province of Nigeria, a nation in which homosexuality is illegal, Idowu-Fearon noted that “the struggle for the legal, social spiritual and physical safety of gay and lesbian members is an issue” that the Nigerian church has to face, given the Anglican Communion’s unambiguous denunciation of homophobia at the 1998 Lambeth Conference and at multiple Primates’ Meetings since then.
He argued, however, that it is for the Nigerian church to take the lead in confronting this issue."


http://www.anglicanjournal.com/articles/human-sexuality-an-issue-for-more-than-just-the-west-says-idowu-fearon

Posted by Rod Gillis at Sunday, 10 July 2016 at 12:49pm BST

It's coming...slowly but surely...we are on the side of the angels after all! Sadly our Church of England is not in the vanguard but we shall no doubt eventually catch up and hitch our wagon to the change. Its a shame we have not set the pace....who would have thought it would be a Tory government which would put us to shame?

Posted by Robert Ellis at Sunday, 10 July 2016 at 1:41pm BST

Thank you Iain. Amen to your comment.

Posted by Anne Lee at Sunday, 10 July 2016 at 4:00pm BST

Well said Iain. Sad for the C of E.

Posted by JEAN Mayalnd at Sunday, 10 July 2016 at 6:25pm BST

And once again the C or E is leading from the cutting edge of the Bronze Age.

Posted by Daniel Berry, NYC at Monday, 11 July 2016 at 11:47am BST

"Whatever our beliefs, liberal of conservative, numbers are surely not the measure of success? Instead faithfulness to the Gospel is what we should stand firm in."

And we should not underestimate the importance of a congregation, even if small, who have resolved to unconditionally love one another rather than to judge one another.

Posted by Kate at Monday, 11 July 2016 at 11:52am BST

The Churches have missed something by being so far behind the curve. Marriage equality became law some years ago, and it would have been quite something, if people could have married in church at that time.

In fact, those who 'convert' their Civil Partnership' into marriage, are deemed to have been married from that date ! Time travel!

Thus, I have been married since 2006 in the eyes of the British state, without benefit of a nuptial mass.

Still, the URC are ahead of the Church of England, The Church of Rome, Methodism ....

but not the Religious Society of Friends.

Even the BUGB have reluctantly opened the way for congregations to be congregations, and to do what they do, in the Baptist polity.

I am glad young people will now have a little more choice.

Posted by Laurence Roberts at Monday, 11 July 2016 at 4:40pm BST

By URC standards - at least on S/S Marriage - The Anglican 'Reform' Movement is moving backwards.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Tuesday, 12 July 2016 at 10:24am BST
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