Diocese of B.C. authorises same sex blessings

From here:

1 January, 2013

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

In 2010 I was asked by Synod to implement the blessing of same sex unions in the Diocese at a time that I thought to be appropriate. I was asked to issue guidelines and a rite to be used.

Attached below are the Guidelines for the Blessing of Same Sex Unions in the Diocese of British Columbia.  I am authorizing the blessing rite of the Diocese of New Westminster for use in this Diocese, not a specific British Columbia rite.

It is my hope that the model of respect and unity issuing from General Synod 2010 will be among us as these Guidelines are implemented in the Diocese. It is my hope that those who, in conscience cannot participate in the blessing of same sex unions, will be respected by those for whom this action has been long awaited. And, it is my hope that those who now have this opportunity open to them may use it as an aid in their growth in Christ and His love for the world in which we live.

These Guidelines are effective in the Diocese today, January 1, 2013.

Sincerely,

+James

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9 Responses to Diocese of B.C. authorises same sex blessings

  1. Michael Li says:

    To allow same-sex blessings will probably diminish the Christian witness on Vancouver Island.

  2. Frank Wirrell says:

    Considering the actions already taken in New Westminster, Niagara, Montreal and Toronto, there is not much – if indeed any – witness to the true Gospel within the ACoC. In Abbotsford, the Diocese of New Westminster has rented a sign board by the side of Marshall Road next to the property they legally stole in a clear endeavour to lead people to the false gospel which is being upheld by Michael Ingham and his cohorts.
    Unless the new ABC speaks against this apostasy there is no real hope for any genuine witness and definitely no hope for any union with the Anglican Communion

  3. Michael Li says:

    “Man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

  4. Jack S. Pratt says:

    Frank, to play devil’s advocate here, do you know what apostasy means and whether it really applies to these dioceses/bishops? It’s not as if they’ve abandoned Christianity completely. Only partially. ;-)

  5. Frank Wirrell says:

    If you read Michael Ingham’s book, Mansions of the Spirit, you will know he denies:-
    1. the virgin birth
    2. the uniqueness of Jesus Christ
    3. the authority of Scripture
    When you abandon these, what do you have left?? You either accept Jesus Christ as your Saviour or you deny Him completely. There is no “middle of the road” and that is clearly stated by Christ Himself.

  6. Michael Li says:

    Dr. Alister E. McGrath wrote: “the idea of heresy,… the term is best understood as an inadequate version of Christianity” (Christian Theology: An Introduction, 2001, p. 327). The Bishop of New Westminster probably proclaims an inadequate version of the classical Christianity.

  7. Ellie M. says:

    Jack: Michael Ingham said in an interview that the next item on his agenda will be to declare that Christianity holds no unique truths and is just one of numerous equally valid paths to enlightenment. So yes, he has ceased to believe, and is an apostate by definition.

    And his mindset is not unique, but in fact typical of those who are on his side — as they themselves will tell you, if you ask them.

  8. saskcurmudgeon says:

    Ellie M. – can you link us up to the interview?

  9. Christopher says:

    I am glad that the dioceses of B.C. has chosen to authorize same sex blessings, and I hope that someday the church excepts same sex marriage as well.
    Chris

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