Episcopal Church commended for respecting differences on marriage

[Episcopal News Service – Lusaka, Zambia] The Episcopal Church and its individual members earned praise here April 11 from Anglican Communion Secretary General Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon for working hard to walk together despite differences over same-sex marriage. The secretary general’s remarks came in his report to the Anglican Consultative Council about this work since he […]

Welsh bishops: Debate remains open on same-sex marriage

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Bishops of the Church in Wales have responded to a year of debates and consultations on same-sex marriage within the Province by concluding that the Church “is not yet ready to allow or bless same-sex marriage”; but they said that “the debate is not over” and stressed that the Church […]

Canada: Why can’t Anglicans care about issues other than sexuality? asks Hiltz

[Anglican Journal] In his reflections during the last session of Council of General Synod (CoGS) for the last triennium, the primate of the Anglican Church of Canada expressed frustration that Anglicans have not exhibited the same degree of passion for human rights issues as they have for debates about same-sex marriage. “I long for a […]

Canada: Ample discussion needed before same-sex marriage vote, says group

[Anglican Journal] When the Anglican Church of Canada’s General Synod meets in July to vote on same-sex marriage, ample discussion time must be provided before the vote is taken, the working group on the marriage canon recommended in a March 13 report to Council of General Synod (CoGS). “There were conversations at some point about […]

Canadian bishops explain same-sex marriage statement to Council of General Synod members

[Anglican Journal] As Council of General Synod (CoGS) members gathered March 10 for their last meeting of the triennium, the question of how they will prepare the 2016 General Synod for its upcoming vote on same-sex marriage hung heavily over the proceedings. CoGS was charged by General Synod 2013 to bring a motion to the […]

Canadian bishops split three ways over same-sex marriage: Hiltz

[Anglican Journal] While the House of Bishops has said that the upcoming vote to allow same-sex marriage in the Anglican Church of Canada is unlikely to get the number of votes it needs from their order, Archbishop Fred Hiltz said it is not a clear-cut division.When it comes to allowing same-sex marriage, the bishops seem to […]

Canada: Same-sex marriage motion ‘not likely’ to pass in Order of Bishops

[Anglican Journal] A resolution before General Synod this summer to change the Anglican Church of Canada’s marriage canon to allow same-sex marriage is “not likely” to get the number of votes it needs from bishops, according to a statement sent by the House of Bishops to Council of General Synod (CoGS), and released publicly Feb. 29. […]

New Zealand working group reports on same-sex relationships

In 2014, the General Synod of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia passed a resolution that created a pathway towards the blessing of same-sex relationships while upholding the traditional doctrine of marriage. The motion called for the appointment of a working group to devise “a process and structure” by which this could […]

Southern Africa bishops: Same-sex couples ‘full members’ of church

Statement also says there is no change on same-sex marriage for clergy or laity

[Anglican Church of Southern Africa] Anglican bishops from across southern Africa have resolved that gay and lesbian partners who enter same-sex civil unions under South African law should be welcomed into congregations as full members of the church. In a pastoral letter issued to Anglicans Feb. 22, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of Cape Town said a […]

Task Force on the Study of Marriage maps out triennial work

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Episcopal Church’s Task Force on the Study of Marriage has mapped out its work for the next triennium. The Task Force, at its recent first meeting, addressed its charge from Resolution A037from the 2015 General Convention. The Rev. Brian Taylor, chair, commented, “Once again, our charge is […]