Scottish Episcopal Church General Synod to discuss same sex marriage

By agency reporter
June 8, 2017

Representatives from dioceses across Scotland have gathered in Edinburgh for the annual meeting of the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church, which takes place on 8-10 June 2017 at St Paul’s and St George’s Church, York Place, Edinburgh.

The first key item of business on this year’s agenda is the second – and final  – reading of a proposed alteration to the Church’s Canon on Marriage.  This proposal would remove the doctrinal clause which states that marriage is between a man and a woman. The voting process on this proposed canonical change will require a two thirds majority in each ‘house’ of Bishops, Clergy and Laity. This session will be presented by the Church’s Faith and Order Board and will commence at approximately 2.30pm on Thursday 8 June, with the result of the voting ballot announced at approximately 4.20pm.

The following two days of General Synod will see a range of topics and issues debated, including a report on Climate Change Action and Fossil Fuel Investments by the Church in Society committee; and a look at how the Church can move forward in its Mission.

Preparing for General Synod, the Most Rev David Chillingworth, Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, said “At this General Synod we reach the final stage of our discussion of marriage and of same sex marriage in particular.   The Scottish Episcopal Church, in common with all other churches, expresses a diversity of views on this question.  Those views are held with integrity.  Our church will seek to reach a decision on the canonical question while sustaining its unity in Christ.  To do so will require both humility and generosity on all sides.”

* Live video coverage of the meeting will be available here, together with online updates of the proceedings and decisions of General Synod 2017. General Synod can also be followed on Twitter and Facebook

* Scottish Episcopal Church http://www.scotland.anglican.org/

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