27/01/2017

Bishop Paul urges us to read the Marriage and Same Sex relationships document carefully and prayerfully

The House of Bishops has just published a report on marriage and same sex relationships for discussion by the General Synod next month. The report comes after two years of shared conversations across the Church.

Today's report calls for a “fresh tone of welcome and support” for LGBT people. It recommends that the Church of England's law and guidance on marriage should be interpreted to provide "maximum freedom" for gay and lesbian people without changing the Church's doctrine of marriage itself. It also envisages a substantial new teaching document to replace or expand upon previous material on marriage and relationships.

Bishop Paul said “When the Church looks at controversial matters it is all too easy to form snap judgements based on media and social-media reports and preconceived opinions. But in the shared conversations we all began to discover the value of careful listening and respectful understanding. This journey of discovery must continue. Please, therefore, take the time to read this report carefully and prayerfully.
 
I know that many, on all sides of this conversation, will be disappointed that the House of Bishops' report does not give them what they wanted at this point in the ongoing conversation. But we are where we are. I am sure synod will debate all this thoroughly next month and I encourage you, if you wish, to contact one of your General Synod representatives with your own views.
 
Meanwhile I hope that we will all continue to hold one another in prayer. Please pray especially, as the Gospel calls us to do, for the distressed, the hurting and the marginalised in this and in all other situations."

"in the shared conversations we all began to discover the value of careful listening and respectful understanding. This journey of discovery must continue. Please, therefore, take the time to read this report carefully and prayerfully."