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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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Single, Celibate, Partnered, Married

Single, Celibate, Partnered, Married

Is the church, is your church, welcoming to a wide variety of vocations and lifestyles? How welcomed and at home does a single, young person feel? A teenager? A child? A newly-married couple? A celibate person in her thirties? A widower in his fifties? A not-so-young couple who cannot have children? Does the church, your… Continue Reading

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Matthew in Slow Motion 13

Matthew in Slow Motion 13

But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are… 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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