AFFIRM recognizes that there is a strong desire for change to allow people in life long committed Gay relationships to be ordained. While we cannot agree with this we would encourage those who seek this change to set up their own structure including being able to retain their buildings. Our concern is not to block the revisionist approach. Justice demands that no one be forced to act against their conscience. This cuts both ways. Hence our desire to see that those who seek change are given the freedom to do so without forcing others to comply.
AFFIRM held a number of meetings about possible structures culminating in a meeting in Christchurch where all of the comments and findings were presented and then preferences agreed upon. The clear preferences for all the meetings is that we would stay as we are and not go ahead with the recommendations of the "A Way Forward" report. If however this does not happen the following are our offers to the new Commission.
The AFFIRM meeting in Christchurch was impressed with the FCA submission and wanted to have it alongside the others so we have included it. They have it on their own website as well.
The three AFFIRM submissions forwarded to the Working Group appointed by the Primates are:
A) Extra Provincial Diocese. (This is the FCA Submission).
B) An Anglican Order of Aotearoa NZ and Polynesia.
C) An Eighth Non Geographical Diocese in Tikanga Pakeha.
To read the submissions in full, click on 'read more'...