‘Good News’ on S/S Blessings from Hereford, U.K.

Hereford Diocesan Synod calls for liturgies after same sex marriages

The Hereford Diocesan Synod tonight passed the following resolution:

‘That this Synod request the House of Bishops to commend an Order of Prayer and Dedication after the registration of a civil partnership or a same sex marriage for use by
ministers in exercise of their discretion under Canon B4  being a form of service neither contrary to, nor indicative of any departure from, the doctrine of the Church of England
in any essential matter, together with guidance that no parish should be obliged to host, nor minister or conduct, such a service.’

The voting was

In favour 41
Against 18
Abstentions 4

A copy of the briefing paper approved by the Bishop’s Council can be found here.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Thursday, 19 October 2017 at 10:07pm BST


This is good news for anyone who believes that Christian  Same-Sex Couples who want their faithfully committed relationship in legal marriage to be recognised and blessed by the Church should be accorded that recognition.

It has been said – in the musical ‘My Fair Lady’ – that: “In Hertford, Hereford and Hampshire, Hurricanes Hardly Happen. However, this latest news from the website of THINKING ANGLICANS (UK) has certainly signalled the determination of at least one diocese of the Church of England to enter into the real world – to the point where they are officially requesting – from their Diocesan Synod –  that the Church provide a Form of Blessing to be used by the Church in such instances.

Will this be the fresh wind that enables a hurricane of inclusivity to blow away the reluctance of the Church to recognise and value its LGBT+ constituency?

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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