Prayers of Love and Faith… in the words of the members

Nov 20, 2023 by

By Anglican Futures.

For over nine hours on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th November 2023, the General Synod of the Church of England debated whether or not it was appropriate to introduce Prayers of Love and Faith (to be used in regular services) and experimental liturgy for standalone services – both with the intention of blessing those in same-sex relationships.

These snippets give a flavour of the debate – and they can each be seen in context on the recording of the livestream.

The debate began on Tuesday afternoon, with six ‘maiden’ speeches:


Ms Julie Withers – “I am a licensed lay minister… I was married in June this year… my wife and I had been together for twenty years.” (1:58:29)

Mr Richard Brown – “Marriage, which isn’t marriage, using liturgy, which isn’t liturgy – I wonder how you think these things play out with very large numbers of people?” (2:02:14)

Rev Jodie Stowell – “When it comes to supporting the move to bring Prayers of Love and Faith to the life of the Church and her people, I cannot see it as anything other than the just, right, fair, merciful, compassionate action of God’s Spirit.” (2:08:08)

Mr Peter Barrett – “I do not want Justin to resign, I do not want to take him to court, my church does not want to stop paying the parish share and give my money to a group of trustees who will decide what to do with it – it saddens me that people are doing this it is not the way of Christ.” (2:12:15)

Read and watch here.

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