The Waterloo, Ontario, Record: Anglicans ponder same-sex protocols

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Anglican Church of Canada parishes in Waterloo Region should soon be able to hold services to celebrate the relationships of gay parishioners, but they won't be blessing same-sex marriages for at least another year -- if ever.

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Filed under: * Anglican - EpiscopalAnglican ProvincesAnglican Church of CanadaSexuality Debate (in Anglican Communion)Same-sex blessings

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Posted May 26, 2009 at 7:30 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. jric777 wrote:

I don’t see anyone celebrating the relationships of heterosexuals.

May 26, 10:54 am | [comment link]
2. optimus prime wrote:

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. While they are not pressing the prophetic-style of movement (Niagara, New West) in terms of SSB they have commissioned a group to reflect on all documents from Windsor to Galilee (recent report from the ACoC on the issue of whether SSB is a ‘Spirit-led’ movement), to determine whether or not to form a possible liturgy for use in the Bishops’ ‘pastoral response’ model, without a nuptial blessing. The trouble of course, is that this is quite reminiscent of the decision made by the Diocese of Toronto. The language being used in these cases provides a very slippery slope to blessing same sex relationships.

May 26, 12:27 pm | [comment link]
3. optimus prime wrote:

Elves, could you please erase my comment? I had not read the post below this one which articulates what I communicated above. Thanks. OP

May 26, 12:30 pm | [comment link]
4. Philip Snyder wrote:

If you want to say that the blessing of same sex unions is a work of the Holy Spirit, then I suggest we test the spirits using the Biblical tests given by Paul in Galatians 5 and by John in 1 John.

YBIC,
Phil Snyder

May 26, 12:38 pm | [comment link]
5. optimus prime wrote:

Simply put, the Spirit simply clarifies and gives insight to the Church in its discernment into what has already been spoken by God in Scripture. To argue otherwise is idolatry: invoking a god to justify one’s own actions.

May 26, 12:59 pm | [comment link]
6. First Family Virginian wrote:

I don’t see anyone celebrating the relationships of heterosexuals. 

I believe it’s called holy matrimony ... or marriage.

May 26, 2:00 pm | [comment link]
7. dwstroudmd+ wrote:

No doubt their study will be even more enlightening than millenia.  The outcome is already decided- to proceed.  SSBs remain sex sin blessings, however. 

A church which blesses sin?  Wowzer, that ought to bring ‘em in! 

Yeah.  It’s worked wonders for ECUSA/TEC/GCC/EO-PAC since, oh, 2003.  They’ve been growing by leaps and bounds…in an inverted sense.

May 26, 9:35 pm | [comment link]
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