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...

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Gafcon UK offers support to FCA New Zealand after same-sex blessings vote

May 10, 2018 by

from Gafcon UK. Bishop Andy Lines, speaking on behalf of Gafcon UK, said today: We are not surprised, but nevertheless deeply saddened and concerned by the decision by the General Synod of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa to accept Motion 29 and so pave the way for the blessing of same sex relationships. We note that only those in civil marriages or lawfully recognised partnerships will be eligible for these blessings. This shows that while a short time ago many church leaders around the world...

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Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans New Zealand response to the Motion 29 Working Group Final Report

Apr 11, 2018 by

This is the formal response to the Motion 29 Working Group Final Report and Recommendations. The Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans New Zealand (FCANZ) is thankful for the opportunities the Working Group has provided the Province to offer feedback, and to some extent shape the final recommendations included within the report. The Working Group spent significant time engaging with numerous individuals and groups from across our Province in order that it better understood their concerns. It has...

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C of E evangelical theologian identifies ‘serious problems’ with ACANZP report on same-sex church blessings

Jul 27, 2017 by

A review of the ‘Interim Report of the Motion 29 Working Group – The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.’ By Martin Davie, CEEC.  What is the Motion 29 Working Group? The Motion 29 Working group was a group of six people set up by the Anglican Church in Aotearoea, New Zealand and Polynesia (ACANZP) following the failure of its 2016 meeting of the General Synod/Te Hinota Whanui (GSTHW) to find a common view on whether it would be right to permit the blessing in church...

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New Zealand’s “Way Forward” on Same-Sex Marriage: An Evaluation

Mar 30, 2016 by

by Andrew Goddard, Fulcrum: Background to the Report. Like most of the churches in the Western/Northern world, the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand, and Polynesia (ACANZP) has for some time been discerning how to respond to cultural changes in relation to same-sex relationships. The latest report, to be debated at its General Synod in May 2016, arises from the “Way Forward Working Group,” whose title, remit, and constraints were set by an agreement reached at the 2014 General Synod (A...

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A review of A Way Forward

Mar 21, 2016 by

…the report of the Working Group of the Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. By M B Davie: This review is in four parts. Part I (pp.1-2) explains the purpose of the report. Part II (pp. 2- 22) gives an overview of the contents of the report and the arguments it puts forward for permitting the blessing of same-sex civil marriages. It also gives the text of the proposed liturgies for blessing same-sex and opposite sex civil marriages. Part III (pp.22-27 ) notes eight problems...

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