11 March 2017
The Archbishops’ invitation for a “radical new Christian inclusion in the Church… that is founded in scripture, in reason, in tradition, in theology and the Christian faith as the Church of England has received it… and based on good, healthy, flourishing relationships, and in a proper 21st century understanding of being human and of being sexual.” was the subject of an address given by Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, at Chelmsford Diocesan Synod.
For Chelmsford Diocese, said Bishop Stephen, this means thinking about “how we welcome same sex couples in our churches… committing ourselves to further listening and conversation, supporting the development of new teaching documents and a new process of debate, and finding next steps to take; but we do it with the clear and unequivocal gospel imperative that all are welcome; that all stand in need of repentance and forgiveness; and that in Christ there is a new humanity.”
Bishop Stephen was speaking at Chelmsford Cathedral on 11 March 2017.
This article, from the website of the Church of England Diocese of Chelmsford, reiterates Bishop Stephen Cottrell’s support for the Church ‘s intention to seriously discuss a new theology that will allow for the celebration of committed Same-Sex Partnerships – in a way consistent with the claims of the Gospel.
Bishop Stephen’s thesis is clearly stated in his extensive message to his diocese, after the statement made by the 2 Archbishops of the Church of England on matters arising from the Bishops’ Meeting after the ‘Conversations’ on Human Sexuality. Please tap on the link, above, to read the full statement in order to fully understand Bishop Stephen’s input.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand