Anglican Samizdat

March 29, 2009

The Diocese of Niagara Synod: Same-sex blessing timetable

Filed under: Diocese of Niagara — David Jenkins @ 11:00 pm

From the Bishop’s charge to the 134th synod that took place on March 28, 2009:

Following up on the commitment which I made just prior to the first session of Synod in November, and in light of various conversations which have taken place since, especially my meeting with the Archbishop of Canterbury in January, I have asked the Dean to facilitate the work of a small group of laity and clergy from across the diocese in bringing to me suggested rites for the Blessing of Civilly Married Same-Sex Couples.  You will recall that Synod in 2007 asked the Bishop to allow clergy, whose conscience permits, to bless the marriages of civilly married same-sex couples, where at least one of the partners is baptized.   I anticipate that these rites will be prepared by later this spring, and that I will be able to present them to the clergy of the diocese at the Annual Clergy and Licensed Layworkers Conference in May.  I will be giving my permission to proceed shortly thereafter.

and a little further down we have:

I invite you all to join with me in lifting up your voices and shouting out for joy because I believe that a light is dawning upon the Diocese of Niagara and that that light is allowing us to see the beginnings and the glimpses of a new and exciting path ahead.

Which brings to mind Matt 6:22-23:

The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!



  1. That new and exciting path is broad too. He seems to have missed that.

    Comment by Gawk — March 30, 2009 @ 6:52 am

  2. It saddens me that the faithful have been so duped by their leadership that they now believe that this is God’s will.


    Comment by Jim Muirhead — March 30, 2009 @ 8:19 am

  3. The huzzahing over SSBs and details about their financial problems were about the only things of substance to happen at the synod: Church or Political Party?

    Comment by Toral — March 30, 2009 @ 9:57 am

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