Submission to the Working Group Appointed by the Primates

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'...

Some Challenging Thoughts by Rev Michael Lawrence...

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 Communique from the Primates of the Anglican Communion

1. We gathered as Anglican Primates to pray and consider how we may preserve our unity in Christ given the ongoing deep differences that exist among us concerning our understanding of marriage.

2. Recent developments in The Episcopal Church with respect to a change in their Canon on marriage represent a fundamental departure from the faith and teaching held by the majority of our Provinces on the doctrine of marriage. Possible developments in other Provinces could further exacerbate this situation.

From the Staff - A Story of Encouragement at God's marvellous Provision!

This story was shared recently and comes to us in NZ all the way from Bishop Given of the Diocese of Kondoa in Africa, shared with us at AFFIRM by Rev Captn David Pearce.

A miracle is described in this letter below, which attests to our Lord's marvellous provision which we are excited to share with you.

"I am writing to testify the miracle that we saw today! Last December I organized all our programs for htis year, there were seminars,outreach,spiritual meetings, church planting program,leadership training and pastor retreats! While organizing these program I never knew there will be a long drought that will cause great famine in Kondoa. By the middle of February 2017 we have received no rain! I called a meeting with all the area Deans to pray and make any decision. During the meeting we decided to correspond with all the programs from January to May, because we knew that we cannot afford calling meetings or outreach while people are suffering for hunger! 

 

AFFIRM Parish Feature: St Elizabeth's of Clendon

It is always exciting to be able to share in the journey of the 26 AFFIRM Parishes across the country...

This month the Team at AFFIRM are thrilled to extend our congratulations to Rev Glenn Paddison, Vicar of St Elizabeth's Anglican Parish of Clendon, in recently gaining a Master's in Theology!

Capping Photo to follow...

 

Congratulations also to three new AFFIRM Associate Members:

 

Younger Practicing Christians and Same-Sex Marriage

It is often stated that younger practicing Christians are more in favour of same-sex marriage than older practicing Christians. While this is true, recent research carried out by Barna Research shows that, on this issue, younger practicing Christians are more closely aligned with older practicing Christians than they are with members of their own age group. In fact the gap between them and people of their own age on this issue is wider than the gap between older practicing Christians and those of this older age group.

Outliers and Iconoclasts

May 8, 2015 by  

I have been writing about mainstream and fringe scholarship, and defending the sometimes unpopular idea of mainstream orthodoxy, or the scholarly consensus.

Blogging on any religious topic invites wacky comments and responses. As one example of many, I had a commenter not long ago who asserted that most of what Christians believed about their origins was utterly wrong.

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