Maori resolution opens ordination process for gays/lesbians

From New Zealand, we have word of this resolution passing at the annual meeting of the Maori Anglican diocese which is in the East Coast of North Island in New Zealand.

That Te Hui Amorangi o Te Manawa o Te Wheke receives with thanks the report from Te Pihopatanga o Aotearoa commission on Human Sexuality and moves in principle to adopt the statement on ordination provided that any gay and lesbian (takatapui) candidates/ordinands are carefully and prayerfully selected, supported and encouraged through their discernment process.

Moved – Moana Hall-Smith.
Second – Ngira Simmonds

It’s an interesting development given that in the tripartite Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand, and Polynesia, each of the various groupings has historically shown great deference to its partners.

(The “constitutionally autonomous” Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand, and Polynesia is a loose confederation of the three churches so named, each area having its own minimal canonical structure. The province’s 1992 Constitution calls for each area to manage its business in unrestricted partnership with the other two, while “[ordering] their affairs within their own cultural context.”)

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