Canada: Same-sex marriage ‘theologically possible,’ says commission

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Canada: Same-sex marriage ‘theologically possible,’ says commission

first_img Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Smithfield, NC September 26, 2015 at 8:42 pm An important reason why SSM has progressed is that very few are viewing gender from the psychological standpoint. The benefit of marriage to society isn’t procreation, which can be accomplished quite well without marriage, but because each gender offers psychological strengths that stabilize us in our most impressionable years, and marriage is a way that the community provides support for that. The continuing catastrophe of fatherlessness, including its effects on criminality, addiction, and mental illness, are mainly due to a failure of society to understand this. Commission members present their report to CoGS members (L to R): Stephen Martin, Canon Paul Jennings, Bishop Linda Nicholls, Patricia Bays, The Rev. Paul Friesen and Archbishop John Privett. Photo: André Forget[Anglican Journal] The Anglican Church of Canada may want to look at same-sex marriages as partaking “in the same covenant” as heterosexual unions, but “on somewhat different terms,” and possibly involving alternate liturgies, recommends the report of the Commission on the Marriage Canon, released Sept. 22.Just as the New Testament describes the Gentiles in the early church as drawn into the people of Israel’s covenant with God, but not required to observe Jewish tradition, so might the Anglican Church of Canada understand same-sex couples as drawn into the same covenant as heterosexual couples, but in a new way, commission member Stephen Martin told members of the Council of General Synod (CoGS), who gathered for a special session in Toronto to receive the report.“We’re suggesting this might be the more accurate, faithful and biblical way of thinking about what might be happening in the church today,” Martin said. “That is, it’s not a question of us redefining marriage in the abstract to be more inclusive and thereby imply, I don’t know what – that the previous understanding of marriage was wrong. But, it may be simply that God is calling same-sex couples into marriage and thereby broadening and enriching the institution without denying its previous meanings.”He added: “Maybe God is intending to graft gay Christians into the institution of Christian marriage, sharing its root meaning yet on somewhat different terms.”This conception of same-sex marriage, Martin said, would involve revising the canon using gender-neutral language, and probably also new liturgies for same-sex couples which would “share the same core vows” as liturgies for heterosexual couples.Martin cautioned that the model the report was proposing was a recommendation only. “This argument is not an attempt to prove something, to prove that this is the way to go forward,” he said. “We are offering a rationale, that is a way of conceiving of it theologically in a way that we’re suggesting might have integrity. But the church will still have to discern whether this is God’s will for the church.”It is, he added, one of three “logical possibilities” being put forward by the commission, and something of a middle way between the other two. The other two possibilities, according to the report, are, on the one hand, to see same-sex marriages as an “undifferentiated” form of Christian marriage, essentially identical to heterosexual marriages; and, on the other, to see them as “blessed partnerships” rather than covenants before God.The commission said it arrived at a conclusion that it is “theologically possible to extend the marriage canon to include same-sex couples, without thereby diminishing, damaging, or curtailing the rich theological implications of marriage as traditionally understood.”But, it hastened to add, “to say that it is theologically possible to make this change is not to say that the change is theologically desirable.” What the commission sought out to do was “to show how it may be done – not why or even whether it should be done,” it said in its report. “These questions require more than theological argumentation: they require an act of corporate discernment.”The commission was formed by CoGS as a result of Resolution C003, a 2013 decision by General Synod to bring a motion allowing same-sex marriage to its next meeting in 2016. The resolution asked CoGS to craft the motion, which would amend the church’s Canon 21 on marriage “to allow the marriage of same-sex couples in the same way as opposite-sex couples.”In its report, the commission also concluded that changing the marriage canon to allow for same-sex unions does not directly contravene the Solemn Declaration of 1893, the founding document of the Anglican Church of Canada, which reflects its historic roots in the Church of England and its “theological and doctrinal heritage.”It noted that when General Synod allowed the remarriage of divorced persons, the ordination of women and the reception of holy communion by children prior to confirmation, they were not deemed to be in contravention of the Solemn Declaration “even though the Church of England had not made those changes at the time they were implemented by the Canadian church.”Nonetheless, the commission ultimately decided that it was the prerogative of General Synod to determine whether the proposed change to the marriage canon is “in harmony with the Solemn Declaration.”Among others, General Synod 2016 will “need to discern whether this change is sufficiently rooted in the ‘same Word of God’ and discern its relationship to ‘all things necessary for salvation.’”It is also up to General Synod to determine whether same-sex marriage “is an area of definition and interpretation of doctrine in which it can make change and, if it, whether it is a change it believes is appropriate.”The commission’s recommendation of the middle way in understanding same-sex marriage comes nearly at the very end of the report, following about 30 pages of reflection on biblical and theological issues intended to provide the rationale for allowing same-sex marriages.This reflection is located in what Martin called two “clusters of meaning” around marriage: on the one hand, creation accounts in the Book of Genesis, which refer to the goodness of the union of male and female, and the creation of new life out of that union, and, on the other, New Testament descriptions of the church – particularly in Ephesians 5 – as the body of Christ. The latter points to the concept of Christian marriage as a way of living out the divine command to love one another, so that the basis of marriage is not procreation and the union of male and female but rather its ability to point to Christ’s relationship to the church as a model of love.In practical terms, understanding same-sex covenants as “a differentiated form of Christian marriage covenant” is also “compatible with the revision of the canon to include same-sex couples (as called for in the resolution of the General Synod),” said the report. “It would suggest a liturgy that allows for variation in the theological background and symbolism between same-and-opposite-sex marriages, while retaining identical core texts, such as the vows.” The draft resolution drawn up by the committee calls for, among other things, amending the wording of Canon 21 to be gender-neutral, substituting “partners” for “husband and wife,” for example.Seeing same-sex and heterosexual marriages as essentially the same has a number of advantages, the report states, such as simplicity and formal equality. However, it continues, simplicity may not necessarily be desirable; “with respect to theological understanding richness, complexity, and differentiation are desirable traits.” Also, the report states, “this model would seem to change to some extent the definition of marriage for heterosexual couples” by removing “the rich symbolism of heterosexual love from the definition of marriage, leaving the institution more abstract.”Also, Martin said, “it may be that same-sex relationships have specific gifts to offer the church which would not be celebrated if we tried to fit them into a one-size fits all [category].”Considering same-sex unions merely as “blessed partnerships” also has some advantages, the report states. For example, it “runs no risk of redefining traditional heterosexual marriage…. No one need fear that marriage has changed.” On the other hand, the report states, “as a blessing without vows, this model does not acknowledge the relationship’s potential to be a place in which the couple exercises their vocation of Christian love by striving to be as Christ to one another in covenanted love.”“Can the church not discern in these partnerships a sign, an instance, ofChrist’s love for the church?” Martin asked.In its report, the commission also drafted a motion that includes a provision allowing dioceses, bishops and congregations to opt-out of performing same-sex marriages. Along with formulating the biblical and theological rationale for allowing same-sex marriages, the commission was charged with developing a “conscience clause,” included in the amendment “so that no member of the clergy, bishop, congregation or diocese should be constrained to participate in or authorize such marriages against the dictates of their conscience.”The commission’s work also included a consultation process, in which it invited opinions on the issue. It received a total of 223 submissions from individuals representing 26 dioceses, two from theological colleges, three from specialists, three from full communion and ecumenical partners, and six from institutions and organizations. Several submitters argued against allowing same-sex marriages, although whether to allow them or not was beyond the commission’s mandate. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Belleville, IL Same-Sex Marriage Press Release Service Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Canada: Same-sex marriage ‘theologically possible,’ says commission Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Collierville, TN Human Sexuality, Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit an Event Listing Anglican Communion, TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Comments are closed. Alan Williams says: Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Submit a Job Listing Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Tags Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT September 28, 2015 at 3:42 pm Sounds like the old argument of “Separate but Equal” which history shows is doomed to failure.I am amazed such a great, progressive land as Canada is even having this discussion among the Anglican faithful. Very few church members agree with the church 100% of the time on theology, so why does this issue cause such a ruckus? God decides what is “good” or “bad” and not our mortal selves. Erroring on the side of love and fairness is never a bad thing and the best we flawed human beings can do on any thorny issue. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Tampa, FL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Washington, DC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Director of Music Morristown, NJ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Albany, NY Featured Events Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET September 26, 2015 at 5:02 pm These theological musings demonstrate that there is virtually no limit to man’s imaginings in pursuit of justifying the unjustifiable. Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Rector Columbus, GA John B. Donovan says: Curate Diocese of Nebraska last_img read more

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Split “metro”: By train from Kopilica to the city port in 4 minutes

first_imgRELATED NEWS: The high-speed city railway, or the Split metro as they call it from miles away, will depart every 20 minutes, with the journey on that stretch lasting only four minutes. The price of a one-way ticket is 11 kuna, and passengers will be able to use the same ticket in other areas of the city bus transport.  City trains on the route Kopilica-Gradska luka and vice versa will run every 20 minutes, while the ticket price will be 11.00 kuna per person in one direction. With one-way regulation of road traffic in the city port and the introduction of new bus and railway lines, which will increase throughput and reduce waiting, the goal of this project is to provide quality intermodal service and traffic relief of the City of Split. As they point out from the city of Split, the organization of the Main Railway Station in Kopilica and the introduction of the city railway in the public transport service is expected to reduce the pressure of vehicles, especially tourist buses to the city center, and passengers can get to the center by train in 4 minutes which is valid for rail and bus hour. Photos: HZPP According to the new changes, disembarkation and embarkation of passengers from tourist buses at the terminals at the Tourist Palace on the Riva will be possible, but with a limit of 15 minutes, and each stop for embarkation and disembarkation will cost 400 kuna, ie a total of 800 kuna. Note, UHPA agreed at a meeting with the city of Split that pre-agreed and announced groups by tour operators and travel agencies in 2019 will be realized under the same conditions as before, and the new prices are valid for all from 2020. (more on the whole issue in the attachment) The City of Split has introduced changes in the regulation of public city transport as well as stationary traffic for tourist buses in the area of ​​the narrower and wider city center. The feasibility study is currently being prepared for the connection of the air and ferry port by rail, after which further activities necessary for the realization of this project will continue. According to the results of the Feasibility Study, the Terms of Reference will be supplemented and the activities of conducting a public tender for the preparation of project documentation and obtaining permits would begin. Specifically, this means that the disembarkation and embarkation of passengers from tourist buses will be organized along the railway platform in Kopilica, where a parking lot for tourist buses with 48 seats will be opened. The daily parking ticket for tourist buses will be 120 kuna, as has been the price for parking in Dračevac so far. Tickets will be sold at the box offices of Promet and HŽ Putnički prijevoz. City-suburban trains on the route Split Predgrađe (Kopilica) – Split (city port) will run on average every 24 minutes, and the train ride takes 4 minutes.       ANNEX: TIMETABLE Split – Suburbs of Split / Suburbs of Split – Split Yesterday, the first city-suburban train started on the route Split Predgrađe (Kopilica) – Split (city port), which started the realization of the project of connecting with the high-speed suburban railway station Split. Interestingly the historic first run was delayed by three minutes. “The goal is to connect the airport and Split’s City Port, the two busiest ports on the eastern Adriatic coast with almost nine million passengers. When we add to that the four cities connected by the railway, then it is quite clear that we could not have started this project without HŽ Putnički prijevoz, HŽ Infrastruktura, the Split city companies Promet and Split – parking. This is just the first step of something that we will achieve in the years ahead, and because of the better quality of life of our fellow citizens. We are aware of the daily, high traffic between Split and other nearby cities and outside the tourist season. In order to relieve the traffic in the center of Split, we are taking a number of measures, such as the purchase of new city buses, the preparation of city and electric bicycle systems, as well as the reform of the city parking system. Changes in the relief of city traffic are underway. It is up to us all to get used to the changes and the new system together and to encourage the railway as a relief”Said the first man of the city of Split, Mayor Krstulović Opara. The new traffic regulation means that one-way traffic will be introduced in the City Port, while the main railway station will be organized in Kopilica. Also, the above-mentioned city railway line Kopilica – Gradska luka was introduced, so that tourists, after getting off the bus, could reach the city center by rail.  Also, it is planned to introduce the line Prometa doo Split on the route Airport – Kaštel Stari and joint tickets Promet doo – HŽPP for the route Zračna luka – Kaštel Stari – Split station (city port). / / / COMMON SENSE HAS OVERCOME IN THE CITY OF SPLIT: PRE-AGREED AND ANNOUNCED GROUPS WILL BE REALIZED UNDER THE SAME CONDITIONS AS BEFORElast_img read more

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PMA urges united front on service charges

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Rights cuts loom large at Dutch schemes despite strong Q1 returns

first_imgAs a result, ABP’s coverage ratio fell by almost 7 percentage points to 90.4%. If the ratio falls below the 90% mark, ABP will be forced to cut pension rights. Corien Wortmann-Kool, the scheme’s chair, said the possibility of a cut was still “very real” and that indexation was “very unlikely for the next five years”.ABP attributed its quarterly performance in particular to fixed income, which returned 2.5%, with long-term government bonds and inflation-linked bonds returning 9% and 2%, respectively.Its interest, currency and inflation hedges returned 2.9% in total.The civil service scheme, however, made a 3.4% loss on equity, with developed-market holdings falling by 4.7%.Its investments in commodities and hedge funds also lost 5.9% and 4.6%, respectively, while property and infrastructure returned 0.1% and 0.6%, respectively.PFZW, the €172bn scheme for the healthcare sector, reported a Q1 return of 4.4% and a drop in funding of 6.2 percentage points to 88.9%.It produced positive returns on government bonds (6.9%) and inflation-linked bonds (2.5%), and returned 4.3% in total from its interest and currency hedges.Local-currency emerging market debt and mortgages returned 5.3% and 2.9%, respectively.It lost 2% on securities, however, with equity (-2.9%), private equity (-0.4%), infrastructure (-2.3%) and real estate (-0.6%) all producing negative returns.It also incurred a 3% loss on commodities.The €42bn metal scheme PME produced a 4.6% Q1 return, citing an 11% return for its 49% matching portfolio.Because liabilities increased by 10 percentage points over the period, however, its funding ratio fell to 90.8% – just short of the critical level of 90%.PME director Eric Uijen said: “We are preparing our participants for a possible rights discount next year.”The €63bn metal scheme PMT attributed its 5.5% Q1 return chiefly to the 13.1% return of its 49% liabilities portfolio of predominantly fixed income.Because liabilities increased twice as fast as its return, however, PMT closed the last quarter with a coverage ratio of 91.8%.BpfBouw, the €51bn pension fund for the building sector, saw a quarterly return of €3bn wiped out by a €5bn increase in liabilities.As of the end of March, funding at the industry-wide scheme stood at 103.9%, following a drop of 5 percentage points in the first quarter.Chairman Jan Ruis warned that indexation would be “off the cards in the coming years”.In the Netherlands, if at year-end a pension fund’s coverage ratio falls below 90%, it must reduce pension rights straightaway.Under the rules of the new financial assessment framework (nFTK), however, schemes may smooth out cuts over a 10-year period. Four of the five largest pension funds in the Netherlands are still facing rights discounts next year, as the impact of falling interest rates, the criterion for discounting liabilities, by far outstripped first-quarter returns.Although interest rates and equity markets recovered slightly in March, funding ratios have fallen by up to 7 percentage points on balance.ABP, the €359bn pension fund for Dutch civil servants, increased assets by €8bn after reporting a Q1 return of 2.2%.The scheme’s liabilities, however, increased by more than €36bn over the period.last_img read more

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UK is the first stop for new football pools start-up Kiggit

first_img EGBA warns Danish tax hikes could boost offshore market June 8, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Spillemyndigheden adds technical requirements on game and wagering reporting June 23, 2020 Submit Jakob HagemannCopenhagen-based start-up Kiggit has announced the launch of its football pools betting app for the UK market, having been approved a UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) License last September.Founded by CEO Jakob Hagemann, Kiggit aims to bring football pools to the social media generation. Hagemann describes the product as a ‘hybrid product, where the Betfair Exchange meets The Football Pools ’.The ambitious start-up has launched apps on iOS and Android devices. Users can generate their own pools and play against friends or they can join one of Kiggit’s community pools.Kiggit’s founding team stated that it wanted to test its product, within the World’s most competitive online gambling market. Hagemann commented on his firm’s first release;“We got some interesting user data that tells us we need to focus on Kiggit’s own pools, and then allow users to invite friends on to them rather than focusing on users creating their own. It is a UX and design matter and we are now updating the app according to feedback and data. We have proven our platform works and we are now going to focus on the user acquisition side”.Should Kiggit gain traction in the UK betting market, Hagemann states that his team will than aim to launch in its home market of Denmark“It’s a great feeling to be live, but we want to challenge the big guys now, so we need to keep moving. We are now looking to secure the next round of funding that will help us launch commercially in both the UK and Denmark”. Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

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