Magazine article Anglican Journal

'A Huge Disservice'

Magazine article Anglican Journal

'A Huge Disservice'

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I'm glad to see that our bishops are in agreement about focusing the shift and priority of the church away from same-sex marriage to "evangelism, discipleship and mission" (Bishops to focus more on mission, Nov. 2016, p. 1).

As a 30-something-year-old priest who has been a lifelong Anglican, the conversations around human sexuality have been going on for much longer than the "three years of intense debate" that the national House of Bishops has been devoting to the debate over same-sex marriage.

Conversations over whether or not it's okay to be gay and ordained and have a partner or whether we can bless unions of same-gendered people or allow them to be included fully in the life of the church [have] been an epic failure on the church's part.

I can't help but strongly feel that we have done a huge disservice to LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender] Anglicans through this entire, poorly managed situation.

We have failed them for so long, my stomach turns at the thought that now we have passed a resolution to spend three years before our next General Synod to talk about what this will look like for us. …

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