Comments: Scottish Episcopal Church to vote on marriage canon change

Respect for people's consciences.

This is the path the Church of England seems afraid to walk.

Unity in Diversity. When people stop trying to dominate one another, and yet insist on loving each other, even if we hold different conscientious views.

Posted by Susannah Clark at Wednesday, 7 June 2017 at 6:48pm BST

There's nothing inherently new in changing (canon) law by removing restrictions rather than explicitly saying who is included.

Thus, in the American church when women were allowed to be members of vestries, or be ordained to the priesthood all that was required to remove the word men.

Likewise, when some American dioceses that discriminated by race allowed "colored" clergy and parishes to participate in governance, white (and, in some cases, Anglo-Saxon) was removed.

Posted by John CHILTON at Wednesday, 7 June 2017 at 8:50pm BST

As a member of the Scottish Episcopal Church, we watch and pray that the motion on same sex marriage will be confirmed, and we can move forward together respecting each others views.

Being an example and encouragement to the English provinces south of the border to take such action. Thus enabling the Church of England to move forward in its task of the pastoral care of the people of England, in their various conditions.

In fact being the Church of England

Fr John Emlyn

Posted by Fr John E. Harris-White at Thursday, 8 June 2017 at 8:24am BST

As much as I respect Kevin Holdsworth and often wish I could express myself as clearly and forthrightly as he does, his position of respecting difference may be necessary as a short term political expedient but nothing else. I have no more wish to 'protect the conscience of those who don’t want to solemnise the marriages of same-sex couples' than I wish to protect the conscience of those who wouldn't wish to solemnise the marriage of mixed race couples or black people. I know it's a bit hackneyed but if you want to know if a position is good enough to live with substitute race for gay, or in this case 'same sex' and see if you still want to fight to protect such a conscience.

Posted by Disgraced at Thursday, 8 June 2017 at 10:35am BST

Does anyone know what time the vote will take place today ?

Thank you.

Posted by Laurie Roberts at Thursday, 8 June 2017 at 11:22am BST

Disgraced speaks my mind. Very well said.

Toleration of intolerance and of oppression leads to devestating effects on the many who have no voice, in the counsels of the churches, and lack the great privelges of clergy and globe-trotting gafconers who apparently have nothing better to do than well--globe trot and stir up trouble in (to them) foreign lands

and have the wealth for leisure, for travel, for privelged speaking and being heard...

But NOT In My Name


Posted by Laurie Roberts at Thursday, 8 June 2017 at 2:14pm BST

Laurie,

We should know the results mis afternoon, by 4pm.

Fr John Emlyn

Posted by Fr John E. Harris-White at Thursday, 8 June 2017 at 2:20pm BST
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