Ma Whea Commission presents its findings: The Church of England Newspaper, April 11, 2014 May 10, 2014Posted by geoconger in Anglican Church of Aotearoa New Zealand & Polynesia, Church of England Newspaper.
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The Ma Whea Commission has presented 10 recommendations to guide the deliberations of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia on the blessing of same-sex unions and the ordination of gay clergy. On 4 April 2014 the commission, whose full name is the Ma Whea?: Mei Fe Ki Fe?: Where To? Commission, chaired by former Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand presented its findings to the church after two years of deliberations. I had been asked to “listen, read, discuss, and provide a description of possible options for a way forward” for the church on the contentious issue of homosexuality. The range of options presented included affirming the “traditional understanding” of marriage and sexuality, allowing a local option, adopting a “new understanding” on sexual ethics, accepting two contrary teachings, create flying bishops for those holding differing views, and dividing the church along doctrinal grounds. The church’s General Secretary, the Rev. Michael Hughes, noted the report did not offer any conclusions or recommendations. “This is a valuable resource with an analysis and critique of a wide spectrum of church views that now becomes part of the Church’s conversations and deliberations for our General Synod,” he said.