Magazine article Anglican Journal

Council Members React to Report

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Council Members React to Report

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Council of General Synod (CoGS) members praised the report of the Commission on the Marriage Canon, released in September, as being both deeply reflective and highly readable--and are urging fellow church members to give it their time and attention.

"I was very impressed with the work of the commission," said Archdeacon Lynne McNaughton of the ecclesiastical province of British Columbia and Yukon. "I can heartily commend the report [and] say, 'Please read it.'" She described the report as'concise, fresh, [with a] biblical theological rationale that goes in-depth." The Rev. Norm Wesley, the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP) representative to CoGS, said he was impressed by how the commission was able to distill such a complex issue into a relatively short document.'A lot of prayer went into that, I'm sure," he said.

Jennifer Warren, a lay CoGs member from the ecclesiastical province of Canada, said the report gave her the impression the commission had given careful consideration to the diverse views of the nearly 250 individuals and groups who had made submissions to it. "Every voice was heard," she said. "They did a good job of reflecting that."

This careful listening, Warren said, gave her the sense of a new conciliatory spirit at work in the church. …

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