13 July 2015

Anglicans Online comment on marriage equality

Anglicans Online, a fascinating site on various things Anglican, has a thoughtful and positive commentary on same sex marriage (also called 'marriage equality') in its blog this month:
Last week, as we are sure most of you have seen, at its triennial General Convention, the US Episcopal Church changed their marriage canons to use gender neutral language, allowing for same sex marriage in churches. The Scottish Episcopal Church has started the process to make this change as well.

Though proponents in those provinces explain that they have been 'doing the theology for over 40 years,' many others remain uncomfortable with this change in what has seemed a constant tradition and reading of scripture for at least the life of the Church of England.

...Archbishop Justin Welby has expressed deep concern that '[General Convention's] decision will cause distress for some and have ramifications for the Anglican Communion as a whole, as well as for its ecumenical and interfaith relationships.'

...We can scarcely imagine something as beautiful as the blessed arrangement of marriage causing distress and having ramifications for something as sturdy as the Anglican Communion.

We've been through a lot, but much like a family in marriage, have pulled through, amidst our different cultures, expectations, national conflicts, and ethnic groups, and backgrounds. Through all of it, marriage, that blessed arrangement of true love, continues to bring us together committed to each other as Christ was to his Church.

Read the full article at: Anglicans Online

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