Norfolk bishops' sorrow over civil partnerships guidance
Norfolk’s three bishops have expressed their deep sorrow for the hurt and anger that was caused by the recent House of Bishops' guidance about civil partnerships.
The guidance said that the Church of England bishops believed that sexual relationships outside heterosexual marriage are regarded as falling short of God’s purposes for human beings.
A message from the Bishop of Norwich Graham Usher, Bishop of Lynn Jonathan Meyrick and the Bishop of Thetford Alan Winton, said: “We write with a care for everyone in the diocese of Norwich and with a desire that all may find life in all its fullness as Jesus promises. We are therefore deeply sorry for the hurt and anger that was caused by the House of Bishops’ statement issued last week about civil partnerships.
At our meeting of the College of Bishops of the Church of England this week we continued our commitment to the Living in Love and Faith project which is about questions of human identity, sexuality and marriage. This process is intended to help us all to build bridges that will enable the difficult conversations that are necessary, as together, we discern the way forward for the Church of England.
“The three of us are committed to working with everyone in the diocese to live our life together well. We pray that we can be a truly diverse and inclusive community sharing the faith, hope and love that we discover in God.”
“When the Living in Love and Faith resources are published later this year, we will work to facilitate good conversations so that as a Church we can discern the wind of the Spirit concerning bringing about this vision of radical Christian inclusion.”
Pictured above is the Bishop of Norwich Graham Usher. Picture by Diocese of Norwich.