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What Happened at General Synod 2018

What Happened at General Synod 2018

The 63rd General Synod Te Hīnota Whānui (GSTHW) met in the week of 4-11 May, 2018, in New Plymouth, New Zealand. Here are some brief reflections – particularly around discussions and decisions around worship and liturgy. The limitation to liturgy is not saying the other decisions are unimportant – quite the opposite. There is much… Continue Reading

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Christchurch Diocese Strong Support for Way to Allow Blessing Committed Same-Sex Couples

Christchurch Diocese Strong Support for Way to Allow Blessing Committed Same-Sex Couples

I remind especially new commenters here that the culture of this site is light over heat – no anonymous comments (unless in exceptional cases where your normal name would make you vulnerable); no ad-hominem comments. Remember, there are real people we are talking about, and real people reading what we write here. On Saturday (3… Continue Reading

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Blessing and Chastity

Blessing and Chastity

This is Part 3 in a series. Read Part 1 and Part 2. The PDF of The Final Report of the Motion 29 Working Group (on blessing Committed Same-Sex Couples in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia) downloads by clicking here. The discussion around sexuality has occupied Anglicanism with inordinate energy for… Continue Reading

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Divorcees & Committed Same-Sex Couples part 2

Divorcees & Committed Same-Sex Couples part 2

You really need to read Part 1 of this series. Following the pattern of that Part 1, we can look at the variety of interpretations of how the Bible addresses the question of committed same-sex couples. Many would say that the concept of committed same-sex couples, in its current experience, is not addressed by the… Continue Reading

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Divorcees & Committed Same-Sex Couples part 1

Divorcees & Committed Same-Sex Couples part 1

Yesterday, The Final Report of the Motion 29 Working Group (on blessing Committed Same-Sex Couples in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia) was published. The PDF downloads by clicking here. There is an article about it here. And the Ven. Dr Peter Carrell begins his series discussing it here. This will be… Continue Reading

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Submission on Blessing Same-Sex Couples

Submission on Blessing Same-Sex Couples

This post will only interest those following the debate in NZ Anglicanism around holding together those of different persuasions in relation to blessing committed same-sex couples. General Synod Te Hinota Whanui has moved from trying to come to theological agreement to enabling a structure in which these differences can be held within one church. The… Continue Reading

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Sex Obsessed

Sex Obsessed

Theologians talk about the ‘marks’ of the Church. The ‘mark’ of the Anglican Church is… an obsession with sex. Same-sex to be clear and precise. We have been debating this decade upon decade upon decade. The Very Revd Dr Jonathan Draper recently blogged about the obsession in a post Obsessed about sex?. Do read the… Continue Reading

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