4 Christchurch parishes to quit diocese in agreement with national church

Jul 7, 2018 by

from Anglican Taonga:

Anglican Taonga

Negotiations are under way which will see most of the members from four Christchurch congregations cut their links to the Diocese of Christchurch.

These negotiations follow from the decision taken by this year’s General Synod on May 9 which paved the way for the blessing of same-sex partnerships.

Following that decision, four conservative evangelical Christchurch parishes held votes to decide whether their members would disaffiliate[1] from the diocese – and, in each case, large majorities chose to do so.

On Wednesday last week, Archbishop Philip Richardson[2] along with senior diocesan staff and archdeacons met with vicars and wardens of the four parishes in question to discuss how their members could disaffiliate “in a respectful manner while maintaining good communication and leaving doors open.”

They agreed on a three month exit process – and the following is a precis of a statement[3] broadcast by the Diocese of Christchurch after that meeting.

Archbishop Philip opened the meeting. He recognised the “time, energy and cooperation from both sides” that had gone to “seeking to find a way forward together”.

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Read also: Negotiations begin for “amicable separation” following same-sex relationships vote, ACNS


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