General Statement from the Evangelical Fellowship in the Church in Wales

Sep 27, 2021 by

General Statement from the Evangelical Fellowship in the Church in Wales in response to the decision of the Governing Body on the 6th September to accept liturgy for the blessing of same-sex civil marriages or civil partnerships. The Evangelical Fellowship in the Church in Wales deeply regrets the recent decision of the Governing Body to authorise a liturgy to bless same-sex civil marriages and partnerships. We recognise the difficulties faced by the bishops and others within the Church in...

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After the Church in Wales’ same-sex vote, what options are open to evangelicals?

Sep 25, 2021 by

from Christian Today: Rev Peter Jones is chairman of the Evangelical Fellowship in the Church in Wales (EFCW). This body with 90 clergy is battling for Anglican orthodoxy after the Church in Wales voted to bless same-sex relationships on 6 September. An electronic engineer by training, Rev Jones, 56, worked in the industry for 19 years, becoming a Christian in his mid-30s. He was ordained in the Church in Wales in 2008 and is minister of the Pembroke, Monkton and Lamphey group of churches,...

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Unpersuasive and unorthodox – a response to Bishop Gregory Cameron’s words to the Welsh Governing Body

Sep 23, 2021 by

by Martin Davie: I was away on holiday when the Governing Body of the Church in Wales narrowly voted on 6 September to permit the blessing of same-sex marriages. Nothing I write now will change that vote, but I still want to comment on the case for such blessings that was set out by Bishop Gregory Cameron when he opened the debate on the matter on behalf of the Welsh bench of bishops and exercised a right of reply at the end of the debate.[1] The reason I want to comment is because what...

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What should we make of the Church in Wales’ gay marriage blessings?

Sep 18, 2021 by

by Gavin Ashenden, Christian Today: When the Church in Wales authorised the blessing of homosexual civil partnerships and marriages, it did so because it had arrived at a crossroads, and after hesitating took one turning rather than another. It made its choice by repudiating the past and putting its faith in the wisdom of our contemporary, very recent and secular culture. The whole Christian church stands at these crossroads. Some have taken the same turning, and others are hesitating. But it...

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‘Heartbroken’ Welsh evangelicals reach out to Gafcon

Sep 18, 2021 by

by Julian Mann, Christian Today: Evangelical Anglicans in Wales are turning to the leaders of the theologically conservative global network, Gafcon, for support after the Church in Wales voted to bless same-sex relationships. The Anglican Archbishops leading Gafcon, the Primates Council, have just met for two days at All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi, Kenya. The communique from the meeting touched on the situation in Wales. “Faithful Christians in Wales who are heartbroken over their...

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Gay blessings leave Welsh Evangelicals with an uncertain path forward

Sep 17, 2021 by

from Anglican Ink: Following the Governing Body meeting on Monday 6th of September, which passed the Bill to allow the use of an experimental right for the blessing of those of the same sex who have already entered in civil partnership or marriage, the EFCW Executive will be meeting on the 20th of September. For many in EFCW, this decision will come with a sense of sadness that the Church in Wales has decided to depart from a traditional understanding of marriage, and with great uncertainty...

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