A total 145 delegates voted against the motion, 95 in favour.
Anglican Church in ‘perilous’ position after failing to define marriage as one man, one woman: Raffel
The motion was lost when the House of Bishops voted against 12-10 against the statement, put forward by Sydney Archbishop Kanishka Raffel.
General synod groups are set to feature more women in membership
Few Christian leaders write honestly about their mistakes, all the more when they are “missionaries” who put their faith in God’s presence even in the worst times and places.
Is the Constitution of the Anglican Church of Australia flexible enough to meet future challenges? This was the question posed by Justice Debra Mullins in the fourth annual Robin Sharwood Lecture in Church Law at Trinity College Theological School last month.
The first blessing of a same-sex civil marriage in an Australian Anglican church since the Appellate Tribunal cleared the way for the liturgical act by a 5-1 majority last month has occurred in the Wangaratta diocese.
By a five to one majority, the Appellate Tribunal, the Australian Anglican Church’s highest court, has effectively cleared the way for the liturgical blessing of same-sex civil marriages.
Ken Spackman, who stepped down as Chief Executive Officer of the Melbourne Anglican Diocesan Corporation in August
Same-sex marriage and the blessing of same-sex civil marriages is “the issue of our times” for the Anglican Church, Melbourne’s Archbishop Philip Freier has told the opening session of his annual diocesan synod, and seems to be the one that most polarises Christian denominations despite the many other challenges that properly concern Christians.
An association of Melbourne Anglicans has called on Wangaratta’s Bishop John Parkes not to proceed with plans for a service of blessing for married same-sex couples, warning that doing so “would strain the fellowship between us to breaking point”.