Church of England to discuss same-sex blessing

Oct 21, 2017 by

by Callum May, BBC News:

The Church of England is to debate holding services for same-sex couples for the first time.

The church’s ruling general synod will discuss holding official services, after a couple has married in a secular ceremony, or formed a civil partnership.

Same-sex marriages in Anglican churches are banned in England and Wales, though they began in Scotland this year.

Traditionalists have called the plans a “fundamental departure”.

However the idea for the services has been welcomed by LGBT campaigners in the church.


The plans have been put forward by the diocesan synod in Hereford, which voted in favour of an “order of prayer and dedication” following a marriage or civil partnership, in response to couples who said they wanted it.

The Bishop of Hereford, the Right Reverend Richard Frith, said: “Clergy are already encouraged to respond pastorally and sensitively when approached.

“The motion which is part of a much wider debate asks for guidance on materials to be used in affirming and praying with same-sex couples.”

The general synod will now debate a form of service described as “neither contrary to nor a departure from” the doctrine of the church.

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