Welsh Anglicans to bless gay unions

Sep 14, 2021 by

Church in Wales Governing Body: Welsh agree to same-sex blessings in church, By Pat Ashworth, Church Times:

“The debate was robust and measured…the Bishop of St Asaph, the Rt Revd Gregory Cameron, said that, far from being a ‘sell-out to the secular spirit of the age’, the step should be taken ‘because I am seeking to be a faithful follower of Christ. We are talking about real disciples of Jesus Christ and not categories of people…’

Jacob Martin, a co-opted member aged under 30…said. ‘We are out of step with God’s will. We should prefer God’s voice to the voice of our culture.’

The Archdeacon of St Asaph, the Ven. Andy Grimwood (St Asaph), was concerned for the unity of the Anglican Communion. If the Bill was passed, it would be ‘throwing away 400 years of traditional orthodox teaching’. It would also mark the end of church growth.

Laity voted 49 for and 10 against, with one abstention. Clergy voted 28 for and 12 against, with two abstentions. The bishops were unanimously in favour.

 

More reports and comment (latest at the top):

Same-sex blessings made to look just like marriage, Rev Jim Griffiths interview, Coalition for Marriage

What will happen to evangelicals in the Church in Wales? By David Baker, Christian Today: “[…] Sadly, evangelical bishops in the Church of England seem to have remained publicly silent…In the absence of anything else, it looks as though many Welsh evangelicals will have no option but to turn to Gafcon. This decision…is emotionally devastating for some….The most surprising thing to me about all this has been the seeming lack of any pre-prepared contingency plans for this situation. Evangelicals in the Church of England …please take note.”

Church in Wales votes to bless same sex ‘marriages’, by Carys Moseley, Christian Concern: “Denial of the authority of Christ…False analogies and pseudo-intellectual excuses…ambiguity about religious freedom…Grotesque hypocrisy…Apostate bishops – wolves in sheep’s clothing…”

Church in Wales gives ‘gospel-inspired lead’ to C of E, says Bishop of Liverpoolby Madeleine Davies, Church Times: THE vote to enable same-sex civil partnerships and marriages to be blessed in the Church in Wales is a “creative and gospel-inspired lead” for the Church of England, the Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Revd Paul Bayes, said this week.

Will the Church of England soon follow the Church in Wales on same-sex marriage? By Julian Mann, Christian Today: If Church of England traditionalists are to stand up for the counter-cultural Christian sexual ethic, they are going to have to defy the allegedly conservative newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, whose reporter enthusiastically welcomed the Wales decision and pointed out that Anglicans in England are now behind the more progressive churches in Scotland and Wales.

Debating the Church and same-sex marriageby Ian Paul, Psephizo: On Friday 3rd September, I had a phone call from a BBC researcher asking if I would appear on BBC1 on Sunday morning for a debate about the Church of England and same-sex marriage, in the light of the coming vote taking place in the Church in Wales.

Church in Wales and what it means for the rest of us, by Stephen Kneale, Building Jerusalem: “Anglicans in other places should take note. The warnings from your nonconformist brethren have been happening over and again. The trajectory of the former red lines that have long been crossed to the current ones being crossed time and again in different places does not bode well for the Church of England either.”

Church in Wales to give blessings for same-sex marriagesBBC News report quotes Jeffrey John and the Evangelical Fellowship of the Church in Wales

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