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‘Chastity’ movement passed at Anglican synod that says sex is reserved for marriage

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The Anglican General Synod approved a second statement sponsored by the Diocese of Sydney supporting a conservative view of sexuality.

The House of the Laity (unordered deputies) voted in favor of the declaration 62 to 48, joined by the House of the Clergy (ministers) by 59 votes to 39. The House of Bishops voted 12 to 11 to support the statement

Bishop Michael Stead (South Sydney) suggested that the Synod adopt a “definition of unchastity” to mean sexual activity outside a marital relationship.'Chastity' movement passed at Anglican synod that says sex is reserved for marriage

The result means that the Synod has reaffirmed the church’s traditional teachinChurch sex is reserved for marriage.

Stead urged the Synod to adopt this statement: “The General Synod maintains that it continues to hold the historical view that indecency means sexual intimacy outside a marital relationship, (which is defined in the Book of Common Prayer as the union of one man and one woman, by Jesus’ teaching on marriage in Matt 19:4-5.”

Although society has de facto accepted the marriage and same-sex marriage, this statement says that the ChurcChurchinues to uphold marriage between a man and a woman as the only place for sexual activity.

Seak-King Huang supported the motion, saying, “From time to time, we have to affirm and reaffirm the meaning of words… If we don’t, we risk deviating from what we believe.”

“From time to time, we must affirm and reaffirm the meaning of words… If we don’t, we risk deviating from our beliefs.” – Seak-King Huang.

She pointed out that the legal rules of interpretation meant that canons (laws) of the churcChurchthe traditional meaning. Unchastity is an offense in the principles – it can affect the clergy.

Ruth Mathieson of Adelaide said: “I stand up to oppose this motion because she relies too heavily on Matthew 19 “, pointing out that these words are not in Luke or Mark. “Matthew 19 is not central to the teaching of Christ.”

Earlier this afternoon, Brisbane Dean Peter Catt tabled a climate change motion noting that urgent action is needed to keep the 1.5-degree target alive. He said the islands of the Torres Strait and Tuvalu would otherwise disappear.

“Christians must act,” said Karin Sowada (Sydney). “Devastated coral reefs and reduced fish stocks are real. People have to move to higher ground,” she said, referring to the effect on the peoples of the Pacific.

The effects of payments for historic sexual abuse cases and rising costs led to a plea to two regional bishops, Keith Joseph of North Queensland and Greg Anderson of the Northern Territory, for assistance to regional dioceses. Joseph revealed that the cost of insuring the cathedral was more than the cost of the ministry. Sexual abuse cases mean the Diocese of North Queensland will be out of money in five years. He plans to include parishes separately so they can survive if the diocese drowns in debt.

Being single and apologies

Conservatives at the General Synod have filed a motion to apologize for bullying and mistreatment of LGBTQIA individuals.

The statement from Peter Lin, a regional bishop in Sydney, reads: “General Synod –

1. Deplores and condemns any conduct that is disrespectful, hurtful, intentionally insensitive, bullying, or abusive, and acknowledges and rejoices in the image of God as reflected in every human being regardless of race, social circumstances, creed, or sexual identity, and apologizes and asks for forgiveness from lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender or intersex (LGBTIs) whom we have treated in this way.

2. Commit to nurturing churches and communities where compassion and grace abound and where the love of God is expressed to all so that our churches and ministries are hospitable, safe, and respectful to all people.”

Second, Kate Beer of the Northern Territory said: ‘When I listen to the people around the Synod, I feel sorry. It’s good to say sorry.

A progressive amendment was withdrawn, with delegates seeking common ground rather than adding to the divisions that already existed today.

Melbourne clinical psychologist and Bishop Katie Prowd said research shows how sexual minorities are marginalized. She hoped her daughter could walk into any church and be seen as an image of God.

The motion was about voting: there was no need to vote electronically.

Danielle Treweek of Sydney has filed a motion to “affirm, honor, encourage and love” our single sisters and brothers. Treweek received her Ph.D. in “Theological Retrieval of Singleness for the Contemporary Church.” She spoke of an unspoken reluctance to be single.

Rhys Bezzant of Melbourne, a self-described single, same-sex attraction, and chaste life described being single as a treasure the ChurcChurchd offers Australia.

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