New Zealand Anglican Church backs blessing same-sex couples

May 10, 2018 by

By Eno Adeogun, Premier:

The Anglican Church in New Zealand has voted in favour of blessing couples in same-sex relationships.

It means priests will now be able to bless same-sex civil marriages or civil unions.

Same-sex marriages, however, are still not permitted to be conducted in churches.

The decision is likely to spark tension among Anglicans.

During a speech made at General Synod, Jay Behan, who is the Vicar of St Stephen’s Shirley, Christchurch, spoke against the motion, and said he couldn’t “live with it”.

“This issue has never been for conservatives, about bigotry, or about exclusion, or about hatred. It’s a difference of opinion over how you love,” he explained.

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Read also: Yes to blessings from Anglican Taonga

 

Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans New Zealand responds to General Synod decision to bless same sex relationships

  • Two members of FCANZ immediately resign from General Synod
  • Group accuses NZ Synod of “leaving behind biblical authority, apostolic tradition”.
  • FCANZ promises to “support people and parishes that cannot remain within this changed Anglican structure”, and looks “towards new ways and structures of ministering the unchanging good news of Jesus.”

Read statement here

Gafcon UK offers support to FCA New Zealand

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