General Synod – Breaking News

Feb 28, 2007 by

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General Synod passed the [Bishop of Gloucester’s amendment to Mary Gilbert’s motion->], with that amendment amended by Mr John Ward’s amendment.

The amended motion reads:

“That this synod (a) commend continuing efforts to prevent the diversity of opinion about human sexuality creating further division and impaired fellowship within the Church of England and the Anglican Communion; (b) recognises that such efforts would not be advanced by doing anything that could be perceived as the Church of England qualifying its commitment to the entirity of the relevant Lambeth Conference resolutions (1978:10; 1988:64; 1998:1.10); (c) welcome the opportunities offered by these Lambeth resolutions, including for the church of England to engage in an open, full and Godly dialogue about human sexuality; and (d) affirm that homosexual orientation in itself is no bar to a faithful Christian life or to full participation in lay and ordained ministry in the church and acknowledge the importance of lesbian and gay members of the Church of England participating in the listening process as full members of the church.”

The danger is that this can be taken to mean that lesbian and gay Christians are welcome as full members of the church, whatever their behaviour and practice.

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