In May, 2007 the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada issued a Pastoral Statement on same-sex blessings. At the end of the statement, the bishops made the following request:
“Looking ahead, we ask the Primate and General Synod for a report on:
The theological question whether the blessing of same-sex unions is a faithful, Spirit-led development of Christian doctrine (St. Michael Report)
The implications of the blessing of same-sex unions and /or marriage for our church and the Communion (The Windsor Report)
Scripture's witness to the integrity of every human person and the question of the sanctity of human relationships.”
The reflections that follow are a contribution to the discussion that this requested report has engendered. Rather than look broadly at the question of same-sex blessings, my remarks concentrates on the Scriptural meaning of blessing as it has been taken up by the Church, and provides some preliminary evaluations of how this meaning applies to the question of same-sex blessings.
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