After voting against a motion to allow the solemnization of same-sex marriages in the Anglican Church of Canada July 11, General Synod passed a motion this morning to “reaffirm the 2004 General Synod statement on the integrity and sanctity of same-sex relationships.”
The church will appoint a task force for social and ecological investment—including, possibly, selling its existing investments in some companies.
A resolution to change the marriage canon (church law) to allow for the solemnization of marriages of same-sex couples failed to pass by a fraction of a percentage point at the Anglican Church of Canada’s General Synod July 11.
The primate had asked members not to applaud once the results were announced, and so silence greeted his declaration that Resolution A051-R2, on changing the marriage canon to allow same-sex marriages, had failed to get the two-thirds majority it needed in all three orders of General Synod.
As General Synod prepares to vote July 12 on a number of resolutions dealing with socially and environmentally responsible investing, members heard a first-hand account of some effects global warming has had on Canada’s Inuit people.
After three years of work, the Primate’s Commission on the Doctrine of Discovery, Reconciliation and Justice has asked that its mandate be extended to 2019, and that funding be provided so it may continue its work.
In an impromptu speech and prayer that lasted nearly 20 minutes, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, sternly reminded members of General Synod to show “holy manners” toward one another when discussing same-sex marriage in their neighbourhood groups.