Anglicans told to be ‘less adversarial’ as they debate gender, sexuality and marriage

Nov 1, 2021 by

by Julian Mann, Christian Today:

Newly elected members of the Church of England’s General Synod should “listen especially” to the “lament, fear and pain of LGBTQI+ people”, say the bishops leading the Living in Love and Faith (LLF) consultation on marriage, sexuality and gender identity.

Synod members got the order in an “LLF Guide” sent out with papers for the first meeting in their new five-year term taking place on November 16 and 17 at Church House Westminster.

It will be the first time the CofE’s legislative body has met in person since the start of the Covid pandemic.

The recent elections attracted a record number of candidates, with 956 standing for the Houses of Clergy and Laity combined. A majority of those elected – 60 per cent – are new members.

The LLF consultation across the Church, launched in November last year, is led by its Next Steps Group of nine bishops. It is chaired by the Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, and includes the conservative evangelical Bishop of Maidstone, Rod Thomas.

The group has met 14 times since June 2020.

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