#Hinota18 passed M7 (=M29 with various amendments to be worked on by select committee re consequential bills/motions) ... overwhelmingly.— Peter Carrell ن (@petercarrell) May 8, 2018
If you wish to comment about this decision, please do so with grace or I will not publish your comment.
(But give me a bit of grace, please,
and allow me an hour or four to publish your comment,
as I may prefer to publish your comment with my immediate reply as well.
Am still at GS (as I write on Wednesday) and opportunity to be on my laptop is limited.)
The further work we need to do will not change the substance of the matter,
that there will be blessings of same gender civil marriages or civil unions in episcopal jurisdictions
which authorise services for this to happen.
There will be a substantive report on Anglican Taonga soon, and I will post the link here when I see it. HERE IT IS.
Also HERE is the report on yesterday's debate.
HERE is an article re Polynesia's opposition to same-sex blessings (but not to our church passing legislation permitting them).
I make one observation, well two:
There will be Anglicans who are unhappy with this decision, fullstop.
There will be Anglicans who wish to stay in our church and wonder if they can live with this decision: to you I make this observation: there will not be one canonical change which requires you to do anything differently to what you are currently doing or to believe anything differently to what you currently believe.*
*I have been challenged about this observation because it is not as simply true as I make out. That is, while one does not have to change practice or to change what one believes (about blessings, about homosexuality, about marriage), a member of ACANZP does have to shift their sense of alignment, from alignment with a church which previously offered no official space for such blessings to alignment with a church now offers space for such blessings.
Note the first few comments published below were received by me ahead of me including the links to Taonga articles above.
Apparently Newshub reads Anglican Down Under :)
The FCANZ statement is here.
The AFFIRM (NZ) statement is here.
UPDATE: Thursday 10 May 2018
Some readers will be aware that there was also a motion for consideration which sought to set up a working group to do work on our marriage canon. Timewise it turned out to be the last motion we debated. The motion was lost.