A101-R1 - A Word to the Church Concerning Proposed Amendment to the Marriage Canon 12 July 2019 CARRIED
Be it resolved that this General Synod: Adopt the Affirmations in the document entitled A Word to the Church concerning the proposed amendment of Canon XXI (On Marriage in the Church).
Affirmation #1 Indigenous Spiritual Self-determination
Whatever the action of the church at this General Synod, we affirm the right of Indigenous persons and communities to spiritual self-determination in their discernment and decisions regarding same-sex marriage.
Affirmation #2 Diverse Understandings of the Existing Canon
We affirm that, while there are different understandings of the existing Marriage Canon, those bishops and synods who have authorized liturgies for the celebration and blessing of a marriage between two people of the same sex understand that the existing Canon does not prohibit same-sex marriage.
Affirmation #3 Diverse Understandings and Teachings
We acknowledge the ongoing reality that there is a diversity of understandings and teachings about marriage in the Anglican Church of Canada, and we affirm the prayerful integrity with which those understandings and teachings are held.
Affirmation #4 Our Commitment to Presume Good Faith
We affirm our commitment to presume good faith among those who hold diverse understandings and teachings and hold dear their continued presence in this church.
Affirmation #5 Our Commitment to Stand Together
We affirm our commitment to walk together and to preserve communion, one with another, in Christ, within this church, within our Anglican Communion, and with our ecumenical partners.
A Word to the Church by the Council of General Synod COGS, March 2019
A052-R2 Motion for Second Reading of Amendment to Canon XXI (On Marriage in the Church) from GS 2016. 12 July 2019 MOTION FAILED IN VOTE BY ORDER
Be it resolved that this General Synod: Give Second Reading to GS 2016 Resolution A051-R2, which reads as follows:
1. Declare that Canon XXI (On Marriage in the Church) applies to all persons who are duly qualified by civil law to enter into marriage
2. Add the following at the end of the Preface to Canon XXI:
9. Faithful members of the Anglican Church of Canada have different understandings and teachings about the nature of marriage. Some accept that the essence of marriage is between a man and a woman; others accept same sex marriage. Members are entitled to hold, teach and exercise either view provided they recognize and respect that others may with integrity hold, teach and exercise a different view. All Anglicans accept that marriage is a sign of God's redeeming purpose to unite all things in Christ. We are committed to graceful walking together in a spirit of generosity as part of the same Christian community.
10. General Synod recognizes that Indigenous communities have particular understandings about the nature of marriage as well as their own ways of making decisions-both of whichare protected in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – and will continue to discern whether same sex marriage would be acceptable in their communities.
3. Make the following consequential amendments to Canon XXI:
a) in paragraph 2 of the Preface, delete the words “of the union of man and woman in”;
b) in paragraph 4 of the Preface, substitute the words “the parties to the marriage” for the “husband and wife”;
c) in section 16 a) of the Regulations, substitute “the parties to the marriage” for “a man and a woman”;
d) in section 17 b) of the Regulations, substitute “the parties to the marriage” for “husband and wife”.
4. Add the following to section 11 of the Regulations
e) A minister may only solemnize a marriage between persons of the same sex if authorized by the diocesan bishop.
5. Declare that this resolution shall come into effect on the first day of January after being passed by General Synod at Second Reading.
A Message from the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada to General Synod 2019: 15 July 2019
We, members of the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada, see the pain and anguish inflicted on LGBTQ2S+ people, on members of the General Synod, across the Church, and in the world, as a result of the work and the vote on the matter of Canon 21, concerning marriage. We see your tears, we hear your cries, and we weep with you. We have caused deep hurt. We are profoundly sorry.
Although the bishops are not of one mind, we look with hope to the “Word to the Church” and its affirmations which General Synod 2019 overwhelmingly approved on Friday, July 12.
We are walking together in a way which leaves room for individual dioceses and jurisdictions of our church to proceed with same-sex marriage according to their contexts and convictions, sometimes described as “local option.”
Together, we affirm the inherent right of Indigenous peoples and communities to spiritual self-determination in their discernment and decisions in all matters.
Although we as bishops are not able to agree, in the name of Jesus Christ, we commit to conduct ourselves “with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:2-3).