Anglican Church of Southern Africa rejects blessing of same-sex civil unions

[Anglican Church of Southern Africa] The Anglican Church of Southern Africa voted Sept. 30 to reject a proposal to allow “prayers of blessing” to be offered for people in same-sex civil unions under South African law. The vote was taken by the church’s Provincial Synod, its top legislative body, on a proposal by the Diocese of […]

Canada: Indigenous bishops criticize same-sex marriage vote

[Anglican Journal] In the wake of July’s vote on same-sex marriages at General Synod, Indigenous Anglicans intend to “proceed towards self-determination with urgency,” the Anglican Church of Canada’s three Indigenous bishops say. General Synod voted this summer provisionally to approve changes to the marriage canon, which would allow same-sex marriages. The proposed changes must pass […]

Australia: Primate welcomes same-sex marriage plebiscite, warns against vilifying debate

[Anglican Communion News Service] The primate of the Anglican Church of Australia, Archbishop Philip Freier, has welcomed a proposed referendum on whether the country should allow same-sex marriages, but expressed concern about the “tenor of the debate.” Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull promised a referendum on the issue during his campaign in the country’s general […]

Task Force on the Study of Marriage offers report, seeks input on ‘Dearly Beloved’ toolkit

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[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The General Convention Task Force on the Study of Marriage has provided the following report and seeks input from Episcopalians on “Dearly Beloved.” The task force is outlined in Resolution A037. The task force report follows. Task Force on the Study of Marriage seeks input about “Dearly […]

Canada: Seven bishops ‘publicly dissent’ from same-sex marriage vote

[Anglican Journal] General Synod “erred grievously” in its approval, earlier this week, of a resolution allowing same-sex marriages, a group of seven bishops say. In  a statement  released Friday, July 15, the bishops said they “publicly dissent” from the decision, which, they add, “imperils our full communion within the Anglican Church of Canada and with Anglicans […]

Canada: Primate says he can’t stop bishops from allowing same-sex marriages

[Anglican Journal] Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, says he understands why some bishops have chosen to go ahead with the solemnization of same-sex marriages, even though the marriage canon (church law) cannot be officially changed until it is voted on again at General Synod 2019. He also stressed that he […]

Canada: In wake of same-sex marriage vote, some bishops fret for unity

[Anglican Journal] Canadian Anglican bishops have begun to respond to General Synod’s provisional vote on same-sex marriage in starkly different ways: a number have called for prayers, some announced they will now allow religious weddings for same-sex couples and others have expressed anxiety about unity in the church. On July 12, General Synod reversed its […]

Canada’s vote on same-sex marriage: What went wrong?

[Anglican Journal] One miscounted vote reversed the Anglican Church of Canada’s rejection of same-sex marriage, July 12. So how did the error occur? Incorrect information sent to Data-on-the Spot, the electronic voting services provider contracted to manage the voting by clickers, led to the mistake, according to Archdeacon Michael Thompson, general secretary. The vote to change […]

Canada: Primate calls for humility, ‘patience’ after marriage vote

[Anglican Journal] Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, is asking Canadian Anglicans to display humility and love for one another in the wake of the divisive vote on same-sex marriage. Hiltz says he prays that the church not be riven, but that Canadian Anglicans strive for the “unity of the Spirit […]

Church of England concludes ‘shared conversations’ on human sexuality

[Anglican Communion News Service] Members of the Church of England’s General Synod have concluded two days of informal talks on human sexuality. The private sessions, which followed the weekend’s formal meeting of the Synod in York, conclude a two-year programme of “shared conversations” throughout the Church of England. On Friday, the Church Commissioners for England confirmed […]