"Insofar as we know the Diocese of Algoma is the only diocese in the Anglican Church which has enacted a canon with respect to procedures for dealing with sexual harassment (passed by the Diocesan Synod, June, 1993) and because they have formalized it to this extent we felt it might be useful to include it as another model which might be considered by other dioceses and churches."
Study developed by the "Diocesan Task Force to Study the Issue of Blessing Same-Sex Unions. This Task Force is comprised of volunteers from the Diocese of Algoma. It was requested in a successful motion at our Diocesan Synod in January 2003, and was appointed by the Bishop [Ron Ferris] in response to that motion. Moderator of the Task Force: The Rev. Paul Walmsley. Presenting the argument against the blessing of same-sex unions: The Rev. Marie Loewen and the Rev. Dr. Glen Taylor. Presenting the argument in favour of blessing same-sex unions: Ms. Mel Malton and the Rev. Dr. A.F. Thompson". -- "How To Use This Study Package" document laid in with Guide.
Resource prepared in the Fall of 2004. Information received from Diocese of Algoma Synod Office.
Includes bibliographical references.
"What is the Purpose of this Study ? 1. To provide an opportunity for the people of the Diocese of Algoma to examine and discuss this issue, using research and resources that equitably present the opposite views. 2. To gather the opinions of the people of the Diocese of Algoma on this issue". -- "How To Use This Study Package" document laid in with Guide.
Contents: Introduction / Paul Walmsley, Moderator of the Diocesan Task Force to Debate the Blessing of Same-Sex Unions -- Examining the Issues: Scripture -- Historical/Ecclesiastical -- Constitutional/Political -- Social/Biological -- Pastoral/Relational -- Questions and Answers -- Scriptural Issues -- Historical/Ecclesiastical -- Constitutional/Political -- Social/Biological -- Pastoral/Relational -- The Questionnaire -- Appendix I: Resources for Further Study -- Appendix II: Frequently Asked Questions About Sexual Orientation -- Appendix III: Letter to Canadian Anglicans from the Metropolitans of the Anglican Church of Canada, October 2003 -- Appendix IV: Quotes from the American General Convention 2003 -- Appendix V: Biblical Texts Specifically Mentioning Homosexual Relations.