This just coming in now.
Essentially it states that the Church is in favour of same-sex blessings and sets out a pathway forward that seeks to both set up the necessary legislation but also to “bring and recommend”
A process and structure by which those who believe the blessing of same-genderrelationships is contrary to scripture, doctrine, tikanga or civil law, will not be required to perform any liturgy for the blessing of same-gender relationships, will continue to have integrity within the Church, and will remain compliant with theparliamentary legislation within any relevant jurisdiction
To which I would respond “well, good luck with that”.
In reality the process will be roughly as follows:
- The working group will bring the proposed legislation to the next General Synod in 2 years time.
- That legislation will entail a change to the doctrine of the church and so will have to go to the dioceses for approval before being returned to the General Synod of 2018 where it will finally be approved.
In the meantime the following may occur:
Clergy who so wish are permitted to recognise in public worship a same-gender civil unionor state marriage of members of their faith community:(a) with the permission of their licensing Bishop; and(b) with the permission of their Vestry or equivalent leadership body. Such recognition cannot be marriage or a rite of blessing of a same-gender relationship.