Archbishop David Moxon, Archbishop Brown Turei and Archbishop Winston Halapua, on behalf of the General Synod Standing Committee, welcome the appointment of Ms Mele Tuilotolava, Professor Paul Trebilco, Justice Judith Potter and Sir Tamati Reedy, under the chairmanship of Sir Anand Satyanand to the ‘Ma Whea? Mei Fe Ki Fe? Where To?’Commission established to address issues related to the ordination and blessing of people in same gender relationships.
We welcome the work of the Commission: in drawing together the biblical and theological work in this area; in looking at the canons of our Church; what shape the Church might have to enable us to continue together respecting our differences; and to take into account our relationships within the wider Anglican Communion.
The Commission should consider and report on other issues and matters that may arise from their consideration of the above, and consult with a reference group representing the diversity of our three Tikanga Church.
We thank them for the work this will involve for them, which they will bring to the 2014 General Synod to enable that Synod to make well informed decisions.