In a complex but mainly well-tempered debate the Anglican Church of Australia’s General Synod has passed a motion regarding the recent move by the Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) to change their canons on marriage. The motion, passed by houses, noted with regret the SEC’s actions as “contrary to the doctrine of our church and the […]
Motion 22.8 Scottish Episcopal Church. We Anglicans are people of the Book. Marriage is a big theme of the bible inextricably linked to our salvation. The Bible opens and closes with a marriage. The opening marriage between Adam and Eve referred to by Jesus, is brought to its fulfilment in the marriage supper of the […]
Here also the letter: And the Sydney Diocese website on marriage.
Well it’s been a massive week, and I suspect we’re due for another one too. As the ABC kicked off their reporting on domestic abuse in the churches we’ve had claim and counter-claim all over our media, from Auntie to the Australian. I won’t rehearse here much of what has been said since I think […]
Kevin and I discuss all the latest. Just one point of clarification passed on to me: Bishop Farren did not resign over sex abuse issues but retired when his time ran out. He was the one who (finally) dealt with Lawrence and defrocked him. Although there was some question about him taking his time at […]
The latest edition of the Australian Church Record is out. Lots of good material including some articles on marriage, church planting and the place of Christian faith in the public sphere. Grab your copy now [pdf].
In what is likely to be a very well-received letter amongst conservatives, Archbishop of Melbourne Philip Freier (Primate of Australia) has written to all Australian bishops and published on his own website: Dear brothers and sisters, The proposed plebiscite on same-sex marriage has been one of the more contentious topics in 2016. Individual Anglicans have adopted […]
See, I can do alliteration like the best of them. Buckle yourself in, this may be a slightly longer ride. This weekend has seen a remarkable exchange in the media between the two main political parties here in Australia over the question of the upcoming plebiscite on redefining marriage. In a fascinating turnaround Labor party […]
Yesterday marked the start of the Sydney Diocese Synod. In his presidential address [pdf] (video available here) Archbishop Glenn Davies covered a range of areas, including our combined reponse to the Syrian refugee crisis and the challenge of a growing metropolis. But the section that the media picked up on (and understandably so) was when he […]
One of the conversations carrying on in the Christian blog world at the moment is the dialogue over Matthew Vine’s “40 questions for Christians who oppose marriage equality“, which itself has flowed from the excellent “40 questions for Christians now waving rainbow flags“. There are a number of great responses to Matthew Vines, but of […]