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A message from Bishop Nicholas

by Jonathan Ball last modified 04 Feb, 2012 03:51 PM

Briefing note following the interview published in The Times on Friday 3 February

Some of you will be aware of a wide ranging interview which I gave to The Times earlier this week. We covered women bishops, the Occupy movement, evangelism, House of Lords reform, and the Welfare Reform Bill as well as the Anglican Communion Covenant  and civil partnerships. The context of the interview was next week’s General Synod gathering in Westminster.

Predictably, the final published article focused on how we are to face questions together arising out of recent changes in legislation concerning Civil Partnerships. I made my views known in a context which has been encouraged by Parliament and where the issue is commonly referred to in popular culture – not least in well known soaps. I believe that there is a discussion to be had about the significance of civil partnerships within the life of the Church.

As you are aware, I am committed to a Church in which diversity is respected and differences of view are handled creatively.  Jesus is present when two or three are gathered in his name and the task for us as a Church is to seek him faithfully together. 

Please hold General Synod in your prayers throughout next week, and please pray for Bishop Graham and me.

 +Nicholas

 

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