The General Synod of the Anglican Church has decided to bless equal marriages, although it will continue to prohibit its celebration
La Anglican church study to use the gender neutral to refer to God. Some liberal Anglican sectors want the Church of england remove references to God as if you were a male. This would mean an important change, after millennia in which God has been prayed for, describing him as "Father".
"Christians have recognized since ancient times that God is neither male nor female", affirms the Anglican church in an emailed statement. “However, the variety of ways of addressing and describing God found in Scripture has not always been reflected in our worship..
Both the Church and theologians add that this is nothing new and is part of the intention adapt language to contemporary times. Any decision to change the language used to refer to or address God would also need the approval of the church's legislative body, and as yet there is no consensus on the best language to use.
The vice president of the church's Liturgical Commission, the Rev. Michael Ipgrave, stated that the liturgical commission "has been exploring the use of gender language in relation to God for several years, in collaboration with the Faith and Order Commission.”.
Members General Synod they met in London this week to debate and vote on the main issues affecting the Church, including a proposal to allow Anglican clergy to bless same sex couples, maintaining the official position that the marriage “it is between a man and a woman for life”.
This does not mean that from now on the Church Can celebrate same-sex weddings. Doctrine and liturgy continue to forbid it. The decision means that same-sex couples who have entered into a civil marriage will now be able to participate in Anglican religious services.
The synod representatives have included in the approved motion “his lamentation and repentance for the failure of the Church to welcome the community into its bosom LGBTQI+, and for the damage that they have experienced, and continue to experience, in the churches".