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Lesbian and Gay Christians Synod debate 2007

In February 2007 the General Synod debated a Private Member's Motion from the Revd Mary Gilbert on Lesbian and Gay Christians. Background papers GS Misc 842A and GS Misc 842B were prepared for the debate.

In the debate the Synod amended the motion and carried it in this form:

'That this Synod

(a) commend continuing efforts to prevent the diversity of opinion about human sexuality creating further division and impaired fellowship within the Church of England and the Anglican Communion;

(b) recognize that such efforts would not be advanced by doing anything that could be perceived as the Church of England qualifying its commitment to the entirety of the relevant Lambeth Conference Resolutions (1978: 10; 1988: 64; 1998: 1.10);

(c) welcome the opportunities offered by these Lambeth resolutions, including for the Church of England to engage in an open, full and godly dialogue about human sexuality; and

(d) affirm that homosexual orientation in itself is no bar to a faithful Christian life or to full participation in lay and ordained ministry in the Church and acknowledge the importance of lesbian and gay members of the Church of England participating in the listening process as full members of the Church.'

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