Church of England bishops meet to discuss LGBTQ+ issues ahead of February General Synod – Episcopal News Service
[Church of England] The College of Bishops of the Church of England has concluded its three-day meeting (October 31-November 2), called to begin a process of discernment and decision-making on issues of identity, sexuality and wedding.
Under the banner “Live in Love and Faith” (LLF), the church produced a series of resources in November 2020 on human identity, sexual relationships and marriage. These include a book, a video course, podcasts and videos of experiences from a wide range of people. These have been made available through a variety of channels across the church, including websites and local parishes.
Since then, the church has encouraged congregants across the country to participate in a process of learning by using resources, listening to each other, and listening to God. A report of the responses gathered from this church-wide engagement was released in September 2022.
Over the past three days of meetings at the College of Bishops, the Bishops have drawn on this wealth of resources and the many conversations that have taken place with a wide range of stakeholders to inform their discernment.
Commenting at the end of the meeting, the Bishop of London Sarah Mullally said: “The Bishops’ honest and fruitful conversations were underpinned by a deep desire to walk together and find a way forward that will be good news for the world. Church and for society at large. . The bishops were united in their determination to achieve clear direction in time for the meeting of the General Synod of the Church in February 2023.”
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