KEEPING FAITH

Together we can help the Church of England keep faith with its biblical inheritance and reaffirm its current teaching on marriage and sexuality.

Following on from the Living in Love and Faith initiative, our bishops are meeting in December to discern the way forward and to decide what to present to General Synod in 2023.

 

We call on our bishops to joyfully reaffirm the Bible’s teaching on marriage and sex as good news for individuals and for society as a whole.

 

– TAKE ACTION –

3 things you can do right now

1. WRITE to your bishop

It’s urgent. Ask them to uphold the CofE’s current position joyfully.

2. EXPLORE together

Explore these matters in your church from a biblical viewpoint.

3. ASK what if?

Have the ‘what if?’ conversations with your PCCs and church leaders.

WHAT IS CEEC’S POSITION?

CEEC affirms the Church of England’s current teaching that marriage is a lifelong exclusive commitment between one man and one woman, and that sex outside of that should be met with a call to repentance.

Issues of sexuality are not ‘adiaphora’ – matters indifferent. Therefore, we are duty-bound to oppose changes which will affect all of our churches. We celebrate afresh the Bible’s vision of human flourishing, including our sexuality.

John Dunnett, CEEC Director of Strategy and Operations sets out CEEC’s position in A Brief Overview of CEEC’s Position Post Living in Love and Faith

 

1. WRITE TO YOUR BISHOP

Write to your bishops as a matter of urgency.

Ask them to uphold the Church of England’s current position and say why you would not be able to welcome or accept an ‘accommodation’ (e.g. permission to affirm relationships outside of heterosexual marriage).

Download our simple tips and ideas for your letter.

You can find the names and email addresses of all the bishops here.

 

2. EXPLORE TOGETHER

FILMS TO WATCH

See the example film here or explore all the films and discussion starters on our God’s Beautiful Story Page

PAPERS TO DISCUSS

On our Living in Love and Faith page there are resources for discussion including key papers:

  • ​‘Why issues of sexuality are not adiaphora’ – Why it’s not possible to affirm a view which endorses sexual intercourse outside of heterosexual marriage.
  •  ‘Gospel, church and marriage: preserving apostolic faith and life‘ – A summary of CEEC’s theological position regarding issues of human sexuality.

3. ASK ‘WHAT IF?’

Have the ‘what if’ conversations in your PCCs and with your church leaders. What if change is approved by General Synod in 2023 – what will you do about it? Will there be a willingness in your church to ‘push back’?

 

  •  ‘Guarding the Deposit’ – An exploration of the case for and examples of models for differentiation
  •  ‘Visibly Different ‘- A detailed consideration of the proposal for provincial structural differentiation (including an ‘introduction’ and an ‘updating addendum’)
  • You may also find it useful to discuss John Dunnett’s recent summary of CEEC’s position
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LATEST – BISHOP OF OXFORD CALLS FOR SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IN CHURCHES

The Bishop of Oxford, Steven Croft, has written a paper ‘Together in Love and Faith’ in which he calls for full recognition of same sex marriage within churches.

You can read here the CEEC response to Bishop of Oxford 

Please do read here Vaughan Roberts’ excellent response

You can also read what was written by the Oxford Diocesan Evangelical Fellowship in response