Anglican Communion Secretary General responds to Scottish Episcopal Church vote to allow same-sex marriage

[Episcopal News Service] The Scottish Episcopal Church voted June 8 to amend canon law to allow same-sex couples to marry in the church. The vote required a two-thirds margin in each house: bishops, clergy and laity. Clergy wishing to perform same-sex marriages will need to “opt-in,” according to a BBC report. Scotland legalized same-sex marriage in 2014. The Scottish […]

Three Canadian dioceses have married eight same-sex couples since General Synod 2016

[Anglican Journal] Eight same-sex couples have been married in three Anglican Church of Canada dioceses, ahead of General Synod 2019, when a resolution to allow same-sex marriages will be presented for final approval. Since General Synod 2016 approved – on first reading – a proposed change in the marriage canon (church law) to allow same-sex […]

Archbishops of Canterbury and York issue letter after Synod vote

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written to members of the General Synod of the Church of England setting out the next steps following this week’s vote at Synod not to “take note” of a report on marriage and same-sex relationships. “First, we want to be clear about some underlying […]

No easy solution to same-sex marriage issue, secretary general tells Synod

[Anglican Communion News Service] Resolving issues around human sexuality within the Anglican Communion is like threading a needle – and there is no one solution in sight at present, the secretary general of the Communion has told the Church of England Synod. Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon said the disagreements and struggles facing the Church of England […]

Canada: Synod’s council approves plans to enable same-sex marriage discussion

[Anglican Journal] On Nov. 20, Council of General Synod passed four resolutions related to how it will deal with the resolution to change the marriage canon to allow same-sex marriage in the triennium before General Synod 2019.  Full article.

Task Force on the Study of Marriage issues report on progress

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Episcopal Church Task Force on the Study of Marriage has issued the following report: The Episcopal Church’s Task Force on the Study of Marriage met and reports significant progress. The Task Force, meeting Sept. 27-29 in Chicago, Illinois, continued its work as directed by the 2015 General […]

Canadian Primate responds to dissenting bishops over same-sex marriage

[Anglican Journal] In a written response to a statement issued by seven Canadian bishops expressing their dissent from General Synod’s decision to move toward solemnizing same-sex marriages, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, pushed back against several of the points they had raised.   Full article.

Canadian bishops shift focus from same-sex marriage to mission

[Anglican Journal] After three years spent in intense debate over a resolution to allow the marriage of same-sex couples, the House of Bishops intends to shift its focus to “evangelism and discipleship and mission” in the next triennium, says Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, following the house’s September 22-27 meeting in […]

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 […]