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Blessing Same-Gender Couples

Blessing Same-Gender Couples

Yesterday, the Archbishops of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia released the interim report of the working group seeking structural arrangements to allow people who hold differing convictions about the blessing of same-sex relationships to remain within the church. In the report, the group has confused “same sex” and “same gender” (they… Continue Reading

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Ethics 101

Ethics 101

For many years now, in ethics classes for teenagers, I have been using the concept that artificial wombs look like they will be available in their reproductive lifetime as a debating topic. Now, news of an artificial womb for animals makes this discussion even more pressing. Then, this weekend, we read: Professor Sergio Canavero, Director… Continue Reading

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Jesus and Divorce

Jesus and Divorce

Inevitably, I’m expecting people to misunderstand the following post. And, sadly, some might even do so intentionally. I’m, in this post, not primarily presenting my own pastoral position in relation to divorce and remarriage in our contemporary context. I want to, in this post, present fairly an exegesis of New Testament texts which interpret Jesus… Continue Reading

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My Submission on Same-Sex Couples

My Submission on Same-Sex Couples

UPDATED (scroll down) I was not going to put in a submission. The Archbishops of our church have called for submissions to a Working Group after not moving forward on blessing committed same-sex couples at this year’s meeting of General Synod Te Hinota Whanui. So much energy has been spent on this feud, I didn’t… Continue Reading

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Blessing Divorce and Marriage Equality

Blessing Divorce and Marriage Equality

We have received a reply to my open letter to church leaders. Our church may be unique in formally disallowing marriage of divorcees whilst allowing blessing of committed same-sex couples. Read on. The topic in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia that engenders the most energy is (pick one): climate change and… Continue Reading

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Same-Sex Couples Marriage or Blessing

Same-Sex Couples Marriage or Blessing

Anglicanism regularly phrases things in such a way that different positions, different opinions, different practices can be held together in the one church. The Scottish Episcopal Church (Anglicanism in Scotland) has begun the process to allow marriage equality in that church. It has done so by beginning the process to remove “of one man and… Continue Reading

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