Thursday, 3 May 2018
The Uniting Church in Australia Standing Committee on Marriage and Same-Gender Relationships has recommended that the Church allow the celebration of same-sex marriages within the Uniting Church.
This decision was tempered by a recommendation that individual ministers and church councils can refuse on the grounds of personal conscience.
The rationale behind this decision is that although there are passages in the Bible that seem to condemn homosexuality these passages are disputed and alternate interpretations should be respected.
The Uniting Church is not a literalist Church.
We respect the diversity of sources of scripture and of scholarly interpretations.
Homosexuality was seen as a part of the diversity of God's good creation and was therefore not to be demonized.
The Report will be presented to the National Assembly in July.
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