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Fr Mark's progressive Anglo-Catholic take on European Christianity

  • This is my collection of material about the current state of the churches in Europe. I am interested in looking at how they are dealing with the pressing issues of our time: the issues of gay people and women in ministry/ leadership are particularly pressing at the moment, as is the area of declining church attendance.

    I would like to see how Europe's traditional religious institutions are coping with the new Europe currently being forged, in which public opinion and ethical attitudes are becoming inceasingly pan-European, and are evidently presenting a series of strong challenges for the churches.

Dutch Protestant Churches – the gay issue

Posted by Fr Mark on August 7, 2009

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From Anglican Journal, 1.02.02


(ENI) — The largest Protestant church body in the Netherlands, representing about 2.7 million Christians, has approved the blessing of same-sex partnerships. The decision was taken by the three synods of the Uniting Protestant Churches  in the Netherlands in late November near the town of Ede.

Couples who seek a church blessing must show that their relationship is a lasting one based on “love and fidelity.” Their partnership must also be registered with the civil authorities, although this need not be as a marriage. Registered partnerships have been recognised in the Netherlands since January 1998, and civil marriages between same-sex partners since April 2001.

The synods’ action leaves the decision to bless same-sex partnerships to the discretion of local church councils. Not all congregations, therefore, will perform such blessings.


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