More Same-Sex Blessings motions fail to pass in Australian Synods

This past weekend saw synods in the metropolitan dioceses of Melbourne and Adelaide here in Australia. We’ve previously reported on the proposed motions there (Melbourne, Adelaide) to provide for blessings of same-sex marriages contracted by civil celebrants. As is becoming clear, these motions are part of a coordinated campaign across the whole country. In both […]

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Dean of Brisbane to Urge Synod to Unilaterally “Explore Ways” to Bless Same-Sex Marriages

The Diocese of Brisbane’s 2018 Synod will be held 5-7 October and their business paper [pdf] has been published. Of particular interest is motion 15. 15. Civil Marriage & Blessings The Very Rev’d Peter Catt to move; tba seconding: “That this Synod: notes that it has previously supported and encouraged the Social Responsibilities Committee in the […]

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Australian Anglican Future Conference Opens Amidst Rising Push for SSM

Australia’s Anglican Future Conference has opened in Melbourne with a theme of “Grace and Truth in Uncertain Times”. SydneyAnglicans.net has a great summary The opening of the Anglican Future Conference in Melbourne has begun with a stirring call for Christian leaders to defy secular stereotypes of the church as a dying force. That opening call came […]

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Diocese of Wangaratta pushes ahead with Same-Sex Blessings

The Diocese of Wangaratta, at it’s recent synod, passed the following motion, That this Synod: a) acknowledges the widespread national and local support for the recent changes to Australian marriage laws, to include same-sex couples b) commends the pastoral value of the Bishop authorising a Form of Blessing for optional use in the Diocese of […]

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Editorial: To Publish Or Not To Publish?

Here at davidould.net we take reporting on Anglican matters seriously. Because of that the last few days have been quite enlightening. Back in March when the bishops of the Anglican Church of Australia returned from their annual meeting we began the regular job of contacting sources to see what had happened. Year after year it […]

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The Australian Bishops’ “Secret” Marriage Agreement Published

Monday’s article on the appointment of the new Bishop of Gippsland made reference to “a private agreement on how to proceed on [the question of same-sex marriage]” put together by the Australian bishops. The agreement was described to davidould.net as “embargoed” and to be used at the bishops’ discretion. This month’s issue of The Melbourne […]

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