The crisis for the C of E will only intensify

The Church of England is in crisis. In an article for the Observer yesterday Robert McCrum argued that its position on women bishops and gay marriage has alienated much of society. The failure to secure a two thirds majority in the House of Laity for women in the episcopate last November heightened the crisis which […]

Church of England refuses to bless gay relationships – another nail in the coffin

Bishop of Coventry, Rt Revd Christopher Cocksworth

  The Church of England’s Faith and Order Commission has published a new report – Men and Women in Marriage. The Bishop of Coventry Dr Christopher Cocksworth, Chair of the Commission said yesterday, “…the document is clear that public forms of blessing belong to marriage alone.” So that’s it, the Church has spoken, faithfully covenanted […]

Daily Telegraph report on same-sex services in the Church of England

The Daily Telegraph has a broadly accurate report about same-sex blessings in the Church of England in today’s paper, with a totally inaccurate headline. The article quotes the Rev Colin Coward, director of Changing Attitude, as saying: “There are people who will do a blessing in a church, I don’t think that’s a problem. It […]

How to respond to the House of Bishops initiative on Civil Partnerships and Same-Sex Relationships

Andrew Goddard has published a very helpful and typically thorough and analytical article on Civil Partnerships and Same-Sex Relationships in the Church of England: What is happening and how should evangelicals respond? Andrew roots his exploration in Church documents: the Higton 1987 General Synod motion, Issues in Human Sexuality (1991) and Lambeth Conference resolution 1.10 […]

Same-sex blessings approved in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island

The Rt Revd Sue Moxley

The blessing of civil marriages between same-sex couples can now take place in the Anglican diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island in Canada. A resolution giving priests and parishes the option to bless same-sex unions was approved, by a majority vote, at the 143rd synod of the diocese on May 27 in Halifax. […]

The Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Italy says yes to the blessing of same-sex couples

Christiane Groeben 2

The Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Italy (CELI) which met in Rome at Villa Aurelia, from May 12th to 15th, has approved by a large majority a document which allows the blessing of hetero- and homosexual couples in non-traditional communion of life. The text reads that: “homosexuality is part of the expressions of […]