Parish of St Mary's in East Barnet to make stand against Church of England leaders on same-sex blessings

Times Series: Church rector James Mustard said he expects his parish to release a statement opposing the House of Bishops in the coming weeks Church rector James Mustard said he expects his parish to release a statement opposing the House of Bishops in the coming weeks

An East Barnet vicar says his parish is preparing to challenge Church of England leaders after they reiterated their ban on blessing same-sex couples.

The House of Bishops, which governs practice in Anglican churches across England, earlier this month rejected recommendations that it lifts its ban on blessing gay couples.

But the parish of St Mary’s Church in East Barnet says it plans to lodge a protest against the decision and write a formal letter once its members have met later this month.

The parish is a supporting member of Inclusive Church, an organisation campaigning for the acceptance of minorities including lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender couples and individuals.

Same-sex marriages are currently banned inside the Church of England, which is governed by its own historic laws, but some believe it should go some way towards lessening its discrimination by allowing the blessing of gay couples in churches.

Members of the St Mary’s Church council now plan to meet and formulate a statement in response to the House of Bishop’s latest refusal to be moved on the subject.

Church rector James Mustard said he expects his parish to release the statement in the coming weeks and says it is an important subject for the image and ministry of his church in the area.

He said: “The feeling is that this ongoing prohibition on blessing same-sex couples is harmful to our relationship with the community, whether they come to the church or not.

“I think it is important that churches in favour of supporting same-sex couples with blessings should speak out, and we’re preparing to issue a statement opposing the House of Bishops’ decision.”

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1:20pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Jim Harris says...

Mustard and St Mary’s are wise to press on the issue. The Church of England inevitably will give way eventually anyway and will just look like it has to be led on moral issues rather than leading the way.

It is neither very loving nor prudent to be turning away people who wish to express their love in a Christian context when The Church means little to many people already in secular times.
Mustard and St Mary’s are wise to press on the issue. The Church of England inevitably will give way eventually anyway and will just look like it has to be led on moral issues rather than leading the way. It is neither very loving nor prudent to be turning away people who wish to express their love in a Christian context when The Church means little to many people already in secular times. Jim Harris

10:10pm Fri 21 Feb 14

tgflux says...

God bless St Mary's! Good to see *someone* in the CofE still taking the GOOD News seriously (as opposed to the bishops w/ their Bad News).
God bless St Mary's! Good to see *someone* in the CofE still taking the GOOD News seriously (as opposed to the bishops w/ their Bad News). tgflux

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