CofE’s General Synod skips latest vote on same-sex blessings

Mar 2, 2024 by

by Ben John, Christian Concern:

In the latest debate on the plan for blessing same-sex relationships, the Church of England’s General Synod decided to end the debate and instead voted to move to ‘Next Business.’

The vote, supported by both the liberals, who want the church to bless sinful same-sex relationships, and the evangelicals, who want to preserve the church’s biblical teaching, essentially told the bishops to do more work and come back with something better next time.

What are we to make of this?

The motion being debated was:

‘That this Synod welcome the further work carried out on Living in Love and Faith and the focus on reconciliation and bridge building; and ask that the proposal for a set of commitments through which the whole Church can continue to pursue the implementation of the motions previously passed by Synod on Living in Love and Faith, be brought back to Synod as soon as possible.’

The debate began on Monday evening with the Bishop of Leicester, +Martyn Snow, introducing the motion with a greater emphasis on reconciliation. He pushed for a ‘reset’ of the LLF debate, echoing the vision he and the Bishop of Newcastle (who has subsequently resigned because an evangelical was appointed as a Theological Advisor to the House of Bishops) had proposed in the Church Times: “Living in love, faith – and reconciliation.”

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