Open, Inclusive, Welcoming, and Proud: Scottish Episcopal Church Approves Canon 31

General Synod has approved amendments to Canon 31 with a greater than two thirds majority in each of the houses of Bishops, Clergy, and Laity.

The Scottish Episcopal Church is open for business in all its glorious diversity, and our business is professing the Gospel truth that God loves everyone. I am proud to have been part of this process and will be proud to see gay couples walk down our church aisles. I am relieved that we can move on from long years of squabbling over sexuality, and delighted that have done it in a debate that was so generous and diverse.

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  1. This is a wonderful result. As I live in Edinburgh, I went along to hear the debate in its enirety this afternoon. You made an excellent speech, Beth. I was deeply impressed by the way the whole debate was conducted with grace and courtesy. The debate was opened and closed very well by the Bishop of Edinburgh and the Primus made an excellent final speech. The Church of England could learn a lot from the SEC’s way of doing business. I am greatly encouraged. The next stage, of course, is the process of reconciliation with those who will be distressed by the decision. Any intervention by GAFCON will not be helpful.

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