Canon David Jones, on behalf of the Governance Working Group, proposed amendments to the marriage canon, specifically Resolution A051-R2 which was passed by General Synod 2016 at First Reading.
Text of motion
That the Council of General Synod commend the following amendment to Resolution A051-R2 to General Synod 2019:
Be it resolved that Resolution A051-R2 be amended as follows:
Renumber paragraphs 2, 3 and 4 as paragraphs 3, 4 and 5, and add as paragraph 2:
2. Add the following at the end of the Preface to Canon XXI:
9. Faithful members of the Anglican Church of Canada have different understandings and teachings about the nature of marriage. Some accept that the essence of marriage is between a man and a woman; others accept same sex marriage. Members are entitled to hold, teach and exercise either view provided they recognize and respect that others may with integrity hold, teach and exercise a different view. All Anglicans accept that marriage is a sign of God's redeeming purpose to unite all things in Christ. We are committed to graceful walking together in a spirit of generosity as part of the same Christian community.
10. General Synod recognizes that Indigenous communities have particular understandings about the nature of marriage as well as their own ways of making decisions—both of which are protected in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples—and will continue to discern whether same sex marriage would be acceptable in their communities.
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