“To Have and To Hold” – the theology of marriage
The LGBTI Anglican Coalition is hosting a one-day conference on the theology of marriage in the light of equal marriage, at St John’s Church, Waterloo Road, London SE1 8TY on Saturday 27th September, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
Recognising current unease in the Church of England over same-sex marriage, the conference will ask whether there is a theological basis for expanding the definition of marriage. If so, what might a theology of equal marriage include?
The conference is intended to help the discussion around inclusive marriage. Leading contemporary thinkers and theologians will present their understanding of the history and current understanding of the theology of marriage.
Keynote speakers Adrian Thatcher and Charlotte Methuen will ask whether it’s legitimate to include same-sex relationships in the definition of marriage, and, if so, how that might affect the church’s attitude and practice? Workshops will look at specific questions – for instance, the Bishop of Buckingham and Revd. Rosie Harper will ask how patriarchy has affected our understanding of marriage, and Scott Peterson will consider how the church is affected by the new law permitting same-sex marriage.
The conference is intended for all who are interested in this debate – bishops, theological educators, laity and clergy.
Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Thursday, 26 June 2014 at 9:28pm BST
I am grateful to ‘Thinking Anglicans’ for this notification of the Debate on The Theology of Marriage, to take place at Saint John’s Anglican Church, Waterloo Road, London S.E.1, on Saturday, 27th September 2014.
The event will be hosted by the LGBTI/Anglican Coalition, inviting all interested persons – epsecially Theological Educators and Bishops of the Church of England. I wonder if our Church (ACANZP) would consider inviting Dr. Peter Carrell, our Christchurch Diocesan Education Officer – and others of ACANZP – to attend on our behalf? If Peter is reading this, I would suggest he put a proposition to St. John’s College, to see if they would enable him and at least one of the Staff of the College to attend the Conference. I’m sure our Church would benefit greatly from their participation.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand