This Week at St. Stephen’s–April 17, 2016

“Into the Fray”

Apr 17Last week our Primate, the Most Reverend Fred Hiltz, spoke with the Anglican Journal about the most recent House of Bishops meeting held the first week of April. Specifically, he shared his concern for the aftermath of July’s General Synod meeting when it votes on an amendment to the marriage canon to permit same-gender marriages.

He acknowledged that very little has changed in the mindset of the House, despite all the work the bishops have done on this issue in recent years. So it remains split three ways: those in agreement with the motion, those opposed, and those who “struggle” with the issue. As the motion will require a two-thirds majority vote in each of the “houses”—clergy, laity and bishops—it remains unlikely that the motion will pass.

The Primate said that if the motion is defeated it will “upset” the LGBTQ community, which will be “deeply offended”. Many may leave the church. Moreover, he fears that clergy may take matters into their own hands and perform same-sex marriages as an act of “civil disobedience”, something he says every bishop must be prepared to deal with.

On the other hand, if the motion were to pass, the Primate foresees that there are clergy and congregations opposed to same-sex marriage who are also poised to leave the church. So either way, this is going to be a divisive vote.

In the meantime, how do we at St. Stephen’s continue to advocate for those we love whose relationships are being denied?

2 thoughts on “This Week at St. Stephen’s–April 17, 2016

  1. How many Anglicans does it take to change a light bulb?
    Fourteen; one to change it and 13 to ask “what is change?”

    How many Anglicans does it take to change a light bulb?
    A whole Synod: one to change the bulb and the rest to debate it until the room spins.
    How many Anglicans does it take to change a light bulb?A whole congregation: One to call an electrician, the rest to talk about how much better candles used to be.

    How many Anglicans does it take to change a light bulb? Five: One to screw in the bulb and four to form a committee to preserve the old one.

    How many Anglicans does it take to change a light bulb? The old one is quite good enough for us and there is no need to follow worldly trends and change it.

  2. It is already divisive but often not for the reasons we may default to. St Stephens members support a loving committed marriage no matter the gender. However, the jostling for a new Bishop was a very serious request and should only have been done because of the most extreme of circumstances. And doing this over the Advent / Christmas season was just bad form.

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