Former NZCMS National Director Rev Michael Lawrence writes:
A Long Look Back...
Two important issues regarding family life in Aotearoa New Zealand arise out of Motion 30, and the “A Way Forward”, “He Anga Whakamua”, “Na Sala ki Liu” Working Group Report. Firstly, the re-definition of marriage and secondly, and consequentially, the birth or the adoption of children into a same-sex marriage.
"The longer you can look back, the farther you can look forward” is a statement attributed to Winston Churchill and it is an appropriate guideline as the Anglican Church steps into the future.
In the latest issue of Latimer Focus, the magazine of the Latimer Fellowship (an Affiliate of AFFIRM), Michael Hewit (former Executive Officer of AFFIRM) has written an article about the recent past and current experience of what was the West Hamilton Parish.
The article can be found at http://www.latimer.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/Issue-36-West-Hamilton-pari....
Some of you will be aware that a group of people have asked the Judicial Committee of General Synod for a formal explanation of Clause 4 of Motion 30 passed by General Synod this year. The Motion came as a response to the report of the Ma Whea? Commission set up to see if we could find a way forward with the vexed question of whether people in committed same sex relationships can be ordained. We are deeply divided on this issue and the divisions have not yielded to debate. The aim of Motion 30 was to see if there is a possible way for us to remain together despite the deep differences between us. At the same time it clearly puts forward a pathway to change. A working group has been set up to do the work outlined in the Motion and report to General Synod in 2016.