Ma Whea Commission gives interim report on same-sex blessings: The Church of England Newspaper, June 23. 2013, p 7. June 27, 2013Posted by geoconger in Anglican Church of Aotearoa New Zealand & Polynesia, Church of England Newspaper.
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A church commission studying the question of same-sex blessings has received almost 200 submissions its chairman, former Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand, said in a video report given to the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.
Formed by the 2012 meeting of General Synod the Ma Whea Commission comprising Sir Anand, Justice Judith Potter, Professor Paul Trebilco, Mele Tailai, and Sir Tamati Reedy was tasked with offering the 2014 meeting of synod a way forward in debating the issue of homosexuality.
The commission will not make recommendations on how to resolve the divisions within the church but will offer “pathways, and what may be involved in following them our remit is also aside from the matter of same-gender marriage.”
In his update Sir Anand said the commission has clarified its thinking and prepared a strucuture on “how we will canvas the scriptural and doctrinal issues, the canons, (matters of) church governance, societal attitudes, scientific research and the human rights dimensions of these matters….”