Blessing of same-sex couples and ordination of people in committed LGBT relationships will tax the minds of General Synod/Te Hinota Whanui in Napier.
Running from 6 – 13 May, the two-yearly Synod is the highest decision-making body of the Anglican Church in these islands.
Motions and bills on the Synod agenda also cover:
● Social justice issues such as child poverty, the housing crisis and welcoming refugees
● Climate change – carbon offsetting and Pacific Island disaster preparedness
● Gender-based violence – advocacy, support and prevention, creating safe communities
● Promoting women’s leadership and participation in decision-making bodies
Church order, ecumenical relationships and liturgical matters also will be discussed, including inter-changeability of Methodist and Anglican clergy, changes to the practice of confirmation, and clerical vocations.
Synod papers can be viewed in the resources section of the Anglican website: http://www.anglican.org.nz/News/General-Synod-Te-Hinota-Whanui