Via Integra

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.

England – the gay issue

Posted by Fr Mark on August 20, 2009

UK_Royal_Coat_of_ArmsUnitarians in the United Kingdom bless civil partnerships in their churches.

From Derby Unitarians website:


Relationship Blessings

Unitarians are delighted with the long overdue Civil Partnership law. However, true equality would see religious ceremonies also becoming lawful.

For decades Unitarians have championed gay and lesbian rights and our diverse community has been greatly enriched by our gay and lesbian ministers and members.

For many years Unitarian ministers have celebrated blessings for same-sex couples. These ceremonies are individually arranged to reflect the beliefs and aspirations of the couple.

If you and your partner would like a spiritual but dogma-free ceremony to bless your Civil Union in one of our beautiful chapels, or at a venue of your choice, or would like to talk over the options with our minister, please feel free to make contact. There is no obligation and you will not be pressured.


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