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(3 Feb 2019) Greetings in the name of God the Father and Jesus Christ. At the start of this year may I wish you joy and peace in the Holy Spirit.
In September 2018 members of the Governing Body of the Church in Wales were asked to agree or not with the following statement written by the bishops of the Church in Wales:
IT - IS - PASTORALLY - UNSUSTAINABLE - THE
IT IS PASTORALLY UNSUSTAINABLE FOR THE CHURCH TO MAKE NO FORMAL PROVISION FOR THOSE IN SAME-GENDER RELATIONSHIPS.
The results of the ballot were 76 members agreed, 21 members disagreed and 1 ballot was spoilt.
Bench - Bishops - Ballot - Undertaking - Future
The Bench of Bishops did not participate in the ballot, however they gave an undertaking that their future thinking would be informed by the result.
It is worth recalling that this is not the first time the Governing Body has considered the matter of same sex relationships. In 2014-15 the whole Province was invited to consult on changes to the law of marriage in England and Wales and comment on how it felt the Church in Wales should respond. At a meeting of the Governing Body in September 2015 members were invited to express their view on the following three options using an anonymous form to help inform future consideration of how the Church might respond to these changes:
No change to the Church’s current teaching and practice on marriage and partnerships;
To allow same sex unions to be blessed in the Church in Wales;
To enable same sex couples to marry in the Church in Wales.
Results - Expression - Members - Views
The results of the expression of members’ views were as follows:
This exercise showed that the Church in Wales did not have a common mind on the matter save that fewer supported the idea of blessing same sex unions.
Matter - Sex - Unions - Matter - Christian
The matter of same sex unions remains a controversial and difficult matter for the Christian...
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