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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.

Sweden – the gay issue

Posted by Fr Mark on September 14, 2009

coat_of_armsThe Church of Sweden’s Synod meeting begins in Uppsala on 22nd September 2009, at which a motion will be discussed to modify the church’s marriage liturgy to make it gender-neutral. This follows the recent change in the law, under which the category of civil registered partnership (for which the Church of Sweden has until now provided a liturgy of blessing) has disappeared, and all civil partnerships have become civil marriages, which is henceforth the only category of partnered relationship recognised by the Kingdom. The provision of non-gender discriminatory marriage liturgy has the recommendation of the leadership of the church, and the support of a large majority of its clergy.

The synod motions (for those who read Swedish) are here:


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