Pastoral Care Guidelines for GS2010

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A statement from Integrity Canada to the members of General Synod

Text of the statement:

Conversations about Sexuality
“All the Sacraments for All the Baptized”

Delegates to General Synod 2010 will be discussing – and perhaps
making decisions about – our Church’s pastoral care of gay and
lesbian people.

Because gay and lesbian people may not be included in each
discussion group, Synod delegates are asked to give voice to the
following minimum standards of pastoral care under the theme of
“All the Sacraments for All the Baptized”:

• Insist that Canadian bishops, dioceses, and parishes stop
discriminating against gay and lesbian Anglicans and their
children at the baptismal font and communion rail.

• Urge Canadian bishops to lift their five-year old moratorium on
same-sex blessings and allow parishes and clergy to support
lesbian and gay couples within the parameters of current church

• Call on the Council of General Synod and its committees to
follow-though on the Synod’s earlier directives to explore
changes allowing the church marriage of same-sex couples.

• Resist efforts to create yet another “pastoral statement” about
LGBT people that falls short of our full inclusion as equal
members of our Church.

Integrity Canada Statement to GS2010 delegates (pdf)

Written by Steve

June 7th, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Posted in General Synod