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Dr Jeffrey John: Allowing individual parishes to decide on equal marriage ‘more Christian’

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  1. Great idea…

    The COE could work along similar lines to the Taliban with local commanders and parish pump parishioners deciding the fate of gays in the village…

    Sounds like a lot of fun. Where do I sign up?

  2. ‘A significant part of the church’s leadership would agree with him on equal marriage but were scared to say so in public.’

    Clearly then they are not leaders. Sad.

  3. I didn’t know Sir Elton had a twin brother…

  4. Robert in S. Kensington 14 Feb 2013, 8:48pm

    The significant part of his church who agree with him on equal marriage should come forward and declare their support. What if 150 or more Anglican clergy support it, is Welby prepared to sack them? I doubt it. They should draw a line in the sand, demand that they be given the freedom to celebrate our marriages. Of course, on the opposing side, they’d exploit it saying it’s causing division in the church and in the pews. to pacify the bigots.

  5. Don Harrison 14 Feb 2013, 9:17pm

    Sadly the CofE has held back on making him a Bishop although he is as senior others who ars made Bishops because of his sexuality

  6. Jeffrey John should be the next Archbishop of Canterbury

  7. I am dissapointed to read some of the imature and negative comments made here, Jeffery John does indeed speak for many Christians both lay and ordained. I wholheartedly support what he has said and is trying to acieve

    1. Indeed he is a very good thoughtful man. And if he says that a lot of leaders support equal marriage then I think that must be so. But Bishops and senior clergy leaders should be able to speak out on what they believe in and not be ‘scared’ to do so in public. That is what is so sad.

    2. I don’t happen to believe that it is very “Christian” to allow your flock to participate in bigotry.
      Jesus would not have approved.
      If he, and others in this church, believes strongly about the right to equality in all aspects of life, then he and the others need to stand up and be counted.

      Evil triumphs when good men do nothing.

  8. He’s a good man. Thats exactly the way the Episcopal church works in the USA – its up to the local diocese.

    I dont have any data on the % that do equal marriage ceremonies, but it probably mirrors the country – the ex slave/segregationist states are minimal, most of the rest – a lot of them are good.

    Our national cathedral in DC is actually Epicopal though other denominations can use it.

    The cathedral will now do gay marriages. Usual crapping on the blogs from the haters.

  9. I am dissapointed by some of the comments posted. Jeffery speaks for many gay Christians both lay and ordained and is a positve and supportive person.

    1. de Villiers 14 Feb 2013, 11:48pm

      He is an outstanding theologian. His writing has always been of a very high quality.

  10. Mmmm?!

  11. I really like this man.

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