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Consultation on marriage?
- Published on Sunday, 01 December 2013 15:47
Press reports seem to be saying that the Methodist Church is consulting its membership about gay marriage.
The Telegraph reporter writes 'The Methodist church could become the first major Christian denomination in Britain to conduct same-sex weddings after launching a consultation of its members about changing its official teaching.'
Please note the word 'could' - this is pure speculation. The consultation is about whether we wish to discuss and consult our members on this matter. That is many steps away from saying we wish to change our views.
The Methodist Church holds that "in marriage, husband and wife should experience a life-long unity of heart, body and mind..... it is the will of God that marriage should be honoured as a way of life". The Methodist Church has never and currently does not not recognise anything as 'marriage' which is not between a man and a woman. This is not to say that we do not recognise that people of the same sex may have excellent friendships, to say that would be a denial of what most of us see at some point in our lives.
The Plymouth & Exeter Synod discussed marriage in April 2012. It was the view of about 75% of the synod that the Methodist Church should not change its views on marriage. A smaller majority wished to support the Campaign opposing Government changes to marriage legislation.
To change our stance would take a number of years of discussion and while the Conference does not have to consult Churches and Church Councils on the matter I cannot envisage such a change being made without such wide and grass-roots consultation.
As is often the case what is reported is not exactly right. Look at the consultation here.
If you are a member of the Methodist Church you should make your views known. If you want you can discuss this in a group and make the views of the group known. You might wish to discuss this in a church meeting or Church Council.
You will see that this is a consultation on whether we should consult and discuss changing our present stance on marriage. While we might understand why the press reports do not understand the difference there is a difference.
Your voice is important! Please make a response.
Thomas Coke Commemorative Weekend
- Published on Friday, 01 November 2013 17:27
May 3rd 2014 sees the 200th Anniversary of the death en route to missionary work in South Asia of the Revd Dr Thomas Coke. The occasion will be marked by a special programme of events in his birth place of Brecon in Powys, Wales.
Devon County Ecumenical Officer
- Published on Friday, 01 November 2013 17:22
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India Cyclone Response
- Published on Friday, 25 October 2013 08:46
The latest news from the Cuttack Diocese is that the cyclone which hit the area in the last week has caused significant damage to a number of areas of the work of the diocese. In particular the Hospital at Berhampur has suffered structural damage.
There is no government help for repair and rebuilding. The District will be happy to pass on any offerings or gifts for the diocese.
A full report from Bishop Sampson Das is available to download here (PDF format).
Connecting Disciples 2014
- Published on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 21:45
Bookings are now being taken for the Connecting Disciples conference in 2014, which will take place from 3-6 March at High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, with registration for the event on Monday 3 March from 2.00-3.30pm with the conference ending on Thursday 6 March after a shared lunch at 1.00 pm.