Comments: Next Steps on Human Sexuality - 2

The first aim is given as 'To produce a major teaching document on marriage and sexuality which will be endorsed by the whole House of Bishops for commendation to the Church of England.' Gender needs to be added to this, otherwise the document will be out of date before it is started.

Posted by Ann Reddecliffe at Sunday, 25 June 2017 at 3:21pm BST

Reading the heavy work the House of Bishops is making of discussions on sexuality, which has been going on for many a long year, I feel their heart is not in it.
Compare the Scottish Episcopal church. The Cascade conversations were respected by all, and above all genuine.
This enabled the diocesan synods, and then the provincial synod to move forward and eventually to amend the canon to include same sex marriages.
Now the college of Bishops have given us the way forward with clergy being nominated to conduct same sex marriages with the agreement of their Bishop, and the community they serve.
I spent my main ministry in the Church of England, and like many others long for those provinces to move forward.
House of Bishops wake up, ditch your Archbishops if needs be, and move forward to be what God has called you to be; an Inclusive Church.

Fr John Emlyn

Posted by Fr John E. Harris-White at Tuesday, 27 June 2017 at 8:18am BST

"Gender needs to be added to this, otherwise the document will be out of date before it is started." I think we can be pretty sure that only adding one extra dimension, gender, will not be enough to ensure that the document isn't seen as out of date.

We probably need to go right back to the theology of God, of humankind as a species in the Image of God, and of the Fall, and build out from there, to stand any chance of having a coherent document based on Scripture, Tradition and Reason, issues of human identity, and the Christian Faith as we have received it. Otherwise we are likely to just have a document trapped in Time and Culture (of about ten years ago)!

Posted by RevDave at Tuesday, 27 June 2017 at 12:31pm BST

It is very curious that the Archbishops propose to give a nominee of the Anglican Communion a seat--one of only ten--in the core group.

Isn't this a clear effort to stack the deck? Shouldn't Synod reject this out of hand?

Foreign prelates having no jurisdiction in this realm, and all that.

Posted by Jeremy at Wednesday, 28 June 2017 at 3:07am BST
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