Moved: Rev’d Glynn Cardy / Seconded: Mr Peter Bargh
Nature of Marriage
That this General Synod/ te Hinota Whanui resolves:
That given the long-held mission of our Church to challenge and support couples to publicly commit themselves to each other,
Asks Episcopal Units to hold conversations in our Church and with the wider community about the nature of marriage,
And to explore how the Church might theologically and liturgically respond to gay and lesbian Anglican couples who request this rite.
Further, it asks General Synod Standing Committee to support and resource the Episcopal Units in this endeavour ;
And for Episcopal Units to demonstrate progress to General Synod Standing Committee and, where appropriate, the Commission ‘Ma Whea’, in advance of the next General Synod / te Hinota Whanui in 2014.