There was some rejoicing at church today, as this outcome was better than it might have been.
In the end, Synod decided it didn’t want to decide on one proposal and could only bring itself to pass half of the second.
Into the too hard basket went the proposal from Jonathon Rae and the Rev. Rex Hunt that Synod advise next year’s national Assembly that New South Wales accepted the participation of gay and lesbian people, including those in committed relationships, within the life of the church and their appointment from time to time in leadership positions arising from their own and their congregations’ understanding of the call of God.
Synod resolved that it did not need to decide on the proposal, despite the executive director of UnitingCare, the Rev. Harry Herbert, saying it was merely a statement of fact. Read the rest of this entry »