Modern Church welcomes the result of the vote in General Synod this week not to 'take note' of the House of Bishops report on Marriage and Same Sex Partnerships after the Shared Conversations.

By rejecting the motion to take note of this report, the General Synod has sent the Bishops back to the drawing board.

Most telling among the many reflections leading up to and during this landmark debate were these:

As the Church of England’s General Synod gathers this month, a senior cleric has highlighted a connection between the ongoing debate over same-sex relationships and marriage, and the latest scandal over historic abuse.

The Very Revd Prof Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, has made the link in an article published on the website of Modern Church, a society promoting liberal Christianity, of which he is a Vice President.

The former General Secretary of Modern Church has called on the House of Bishops to offer an alternative way forward on marriage and sexuality as it gathers for General Synod next week to debate its latest report on the ‘apparently never-ending’ issue of same-sex relationships.

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‘Setting God’s people free to do what they are told is a statement by Modern Church responding to a report by the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England.

The Archbishops’ report, Setting God’s People Free, aims to generate more active engagement by lay churchpeople. Modern Church supports the report’s concern to improve the relationships of lay people to their clergy.

October 2017 brings the 500th anniversary of the nailing of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses to the Wittenberg church door.

This event, although uncertain, and part of much wider unrest, is generally regarded as the beginning of a movement across the European churches that changed the face of Western Christianity for ever.