Magazine article Anglican Journal

Same-Sex Marriage Issues Continue to Concern Bishops: How Best to Prevent Division Discussed

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Same-Sex Marriage Issues Continue to Concern Bishops: How Best to Prevent Division Discussed

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As the halfway point between the last and the next General Synod approaches, issues around same-sex marriage continue to be a significant cause of concern among the church's bishops, says Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada.

"My sense is that there's a lingering kind of anxiety within the church about how we have a decent conversation about this matter at General Synod 2019," Hiltz told the Anglican Journal October 30.

A resolution to allow same-sex marriages in the church passed its first reading at General Synod in July 2016; a required second reading will go before General Synod in 2019.

Hiltz made the comments during an interview about the meeting October 23-27 of the House of Bishops in Niagara Falls, Ont. A number of bishops expressed concerns, he said, about how same-sex conversations at the next General Synod could take place "in a way that doesn't leave people feeling marginalized, isolated, pushed out--on either side."

Many feel that the traditional legislative process that the synod follows encourages contention, he said. A widespread concern, the primate said, has to do more generally with how those in favour and those opposed would be able to live together harmoniously afterward, whether the vote passes or fails. …

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