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Motion 7 Update

What's next for Taranaki and Waikato re Motion 7
Grace and peace to you all!
Today Bishop Philip lead the clergy in a training day at St Luke's in Te Kūiti.  As a result the following statement has been released.  

•At the clergy training in Te Kūiti yesterday (19/5/18) Archbishop Philip and our diocesan clergy representatives to the General Synod Te Hīnota Whanui gave a report back from GSTHW with respect to Motion 7 on the blessing of same-gender civil unions and civil marriages.

•Archbishop Philip also indicated that as bishop he is not currently in a position to authorise any priest to conduct such blessings. This is because he believes that for him personally and for us as a diocese there is still significant work to be done together, taking account of the wide range of views within our parishes and wider diocesan family. This will take time and a commitment from us all. 

We give thanks to God for the spirit in which today's discussion was held - for the love between and around us.  We are deeply grateful to Bishop Philip for his candid reflections on Motion 7; to Rev Stephen Prebble for his moving account of GSTHW2018; and for  Rev Jacqui Paterson's demonstration of the significance of what she experienced in New Plymouth. 

God has called us to trust. May we honour that call and work together as a diocese to do the work that must be done.

Amen,

Story Published: 19th of May - 2018

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