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[英伦广角] 2016-01-16 圣公会或因同性婚姻分裂 主教们威胁退出会议

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[Homework]2016-01-16 圣公会或因同性婚姻分裂 主教们威胁退出会议

At this church in Wimbledon, Anglicans come in their hundreds to celebrate and reflect on what the Bible means in a rapidly changing world, but while worship is maybe at the heart of the church of England, at the top an unholy row is raging. This week the leaders of the global Anglican church gathering at Canterbury, many are threatening to walk out if no agreement can be reached over the church's stance on gay courtship.I think the Bible is clear on what marriage is, I think the Bible is clear on the nature of our sexual, how God is meant essentially, and I think we should stick to what the Bible teaches.
But for Jeremy Timm the same set of values mean something completely different, he was barred from conducting church services after he entered into a same sex marriage.
My message would be firstly to recognize the pain, the hurt and the bruising that they have caused to the LGBTI community and their families and their friends.
There is no doubt there is a real and deep divide over gay marriage in the church, even within England where it's recognized by law, let alone in Africa and Asia, these churches may share the same theology, but the culture and legal context couldn't be more different, but this isn't really about what's in the Bible, it's about power, it's about the future of this huge global institution and who really calls the shots.
A conservative movement within the church known as Gafcon is standing firm in its opposition to gay marriage, a position which could threaten the talks before they have even begun.
I have been reading what they have been writing and it doesn't appear that they are very open to compromise, they are arriving with a single issue on which they expect to have almost immediate satisfaction, churches particularly the Anglican community doesn't quite work like that, there are no quick fixes in the life of the church like this, nor about an issue like human sexuality, this is going to take time.
For the archbishop of Canterbury the first challenge this week would simply be to keep everyone at the table, his best outcome maybe that they can agree to disagree.

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