Over dinner tonight I learned that the General Synod had done a recount on last night’s vote… The motion to amend the marriage canon has PASSED! I cannot imagine what the folks in the room must have gone through these last couple of days. I am relieved that the church has taken the decision it has. It’s what I had hoped for and if you read my last post, you will have discerned that I bitterly disappointed when we thought the motion had failed.
We now have a lot of work to do. That the motion has passed is good news and communicates an important message to LGBTQ2S Anglicans and it communicates a clear message to the wider society. But for those who last night were celebrating, today brings pain and sadness. It is critical that we be patient with those who find this decision difficult. That said, we do not need to bend over backwards for those who have been most visceral in expressing hateful ideas.
Now remains time! Now remains the time to tell those marginalized that we regret the fact that it has taken so long to get to this point. Now remains the time to call out hateful and bullying behavior wherever it is found in the church and declare it to be unacceptable. Now remains the time to offer support to our Council of General Synod, and our Primate Fred Hiltz. Now remains the time to call on our Bishops who bravely declared last night and this morning there willingness to provide guidelines for same sex marriage to carry through with that commitment. It should not take another three years for this to happen. Now remains the time to love. “Let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. (1 John 4:7).”
Finally a word about our Primate. The Most Rev’d Fred Hiltz has managed these past days with a great deal of poise and grace. He had to carry a heavy burden at this synod, and carries one yet moving forward. I watched a good portion of this synod on live stream. His leadership has been impressive to me. I am grateful that we have a leader who demanded a high standard, and modelled what it looks like to actively listen to ‘the other.’ Thank you Primate.
Our delegates from Huron have been put through the wringer as have all the delegates. Pray for them. They are coming home emotionally spent and exhausted. Thank you to our Bishops +Linda and +Bob for your leadership. Now remains the time for us to work with these leaders to make full access for all members to all sacraments a reality. Now remains the time to say THANK YOU!