Living in Love and Faith: A Predicted Outcome

Oct 19, 2021 by

from Anglican Futures:

Anglican Futures predicts that the Church of England will allow the “blessing” of same-sex marriages by February 2023 – whatever the final results of the General Synod elections.

Read on to find out why and how.


The Living in Love and Faith resources were published in November 2020 and at the moment parishes, deaneries and dioceses, throughout the Church of England, are being encouraged to engage with the resources and feedback their responses to the bishops, who themselves are about to begin a series of ‘focused conversations’ to help them discern a way forward.


After all this talking and listening we are promised “a clear sense of direction about a way forward by November 2022,” [1]


That is only 13 months away.


If the experience of the Church in Wales teaches us nothing else, it is that we need to prepare for the possibility that the way forward is not one that faithful Anglicans will warm to. Of course, there could be a miracle. God may act in an extraordinary way – and we should certainly pray for such an outcome.


But Anglican Futures is about thinking ahead – in the light of the evidence we see today – so that we can inform our prayers and prepare effectively.


What Paths Could Be Taken?


Looking around the Anglican Communion there are a number of different paths to take:


1) Change canons to allow same-sex marriage.

The Episcopal Church (USA) 2015

Scottish Episcopal Church 2017

Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil 2018


2) Don’t change canons – but agree there is a diversity of understandings of existing canon and allow dioceses to offer same-sex marriage.

Anglican Church of Canada 2019 – (19 out of 30 have elected to do so)


3) Keep doctrine of marriage but accept ‘different views’ and allow churches/ clergy to offer blessings of same-sex relationships.

Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia 2018

Church in Wales (2021)


4) Maintain the status quo – orthodox doctrine, though in practice there are no boundaries for lay people, however involved they are in the ministry of the church; clergy, including bishops are free to campaign for a change in doctrine; and there is very little appetite for disciplining clergy who flaunt the rules.


5) Maintain orthodox doctrine and discipline.

Church of Uganda or Church of the Province of Myanmar, for example.


“But we are English” – What is the likely outcome here?

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