The Church of England’s House of Bishops has agreed in principle that prayers asking for God’s blessing for same-sex couples – known as Prayers of Love and Faith – should be commended for use.
The House, which met in London, also concluded that structures for special services for same-sex couples, based on Prayers of Love and Faith, should go forward to be formally authorised under canon law.
The bishops will bring proposals to General Synod next month which will pave the way for a process that would lead to the authorisation of these special services under Canon B2.
This process, expected to take until 2025, would involve consultation with every diocese and require approval by General Synod.
More information is available on the Church of England Website
“The publication of Prayers of Love and Faith is part of the work that the Church of England has been doing to express God’s deep welcome of all and invitation into fullness of life. This is disputed work and for some these prayers will not go far enough, for others they will go too far. Please do pray for everyone involved and for the whole church as we consider these questions. Please pray for this diocese as we seek to welcome all and share the Good News of Jesus with each person in every place.” Bishop Mark