English progressives respond to Canterbury

A group of thirteen groups working within the Church of England has released a statement responding to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s reflection on General Convention. OK, so a statement about a response to a Convention sounds confusing, but it’s not, if you think about it.

Anyway, here’s a snippet:

Together, we reaffirm our commitment to working for the full inclusion of all people at all levels of ministry. We will continue to work towards liturgical and sacramental recognition of the God-given love which enables many LGBT couples to thrive. We will seek to strengthen the bonds of affection which exist between those in all the Churches of the Anglican Communion who share our commitment to the full inclusion of all of God’s faithful. We will also continue to work closely with our brother and sister churches, especially those with whom we have mutual recognition of orders such as the Nordic churches.

We will work to ensure that if the Church of England is to sign up to the Covenant, it has potential for rapid progress on this and other issues. We find the notion of a “two track communion” flawed in the way that the Act of Synod is flawed, and we commit ourselves to continuing the effort to find ways forward through which those who disagree profoundly on this and on other issues can continue to celebrate their common membership of the Church of England and unity in Christ.

Go read the whole thing. There’s a list of the thirteen groups at the end.

Ruth Gledhill first reported on this, and Thinking Anglicans was quick to post it too.

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