Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Arctic synod says recent same-sex blessing votes hurt church unity

The Anglican Journal reports:

The synod of the diocese of the Arctic, meeting in Iqaluit, Nunavut from May 27 to June 3, passed a motion criticizing decisions by four dioceses of the Anglican Church of Canada that support blessing same-sex unions.

“Synod expressed great disappointment as some diocesan synods have decided to move forward with approving the blessing of same-sex civil marriages, after General Synod 2007 (made) it clear that this would not be allowed until the Lambeth Conference had time to discuss the issues this summer,” said a press release issued by the diocese of the Arctic synod. “This then indicates that Canadians are not serious about unity elements that hold the church together.”

It also passed a motion expressing “strong support … for those in the Southern cone dioceses, recognizing them as members of the Anglican Communion.”

Read it all here.

But of course since it is not the Synod of the Diocese of the Arctic that gets to recognize who is and who is not a member of the Anglican Communion, their recognition doesn't really matter a whole lot.

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