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Full report from the Commission on the Marriage Canon, which includes: background and terms of reference; input from the broad consultation; details on whether a proposed motion blessing same-sex marriage would contravene the Solemn Declaration of 1893, as well as the question of a conscience clause; biblical and theological rational for a change in teaching on the nature of Christian marriage, and a conclusion. Appendices consist of a draft resolution for General Synod 2016 and the text of the Solemn Declaration as well as past resolutions.

Summary of the Marriage Commission Report

The summarized version of the Report of the Commission on the Marriage Canon uses a question-and-answer format to clarify the main issues involved, the task of the commission and its conclusions, addressing common concerns and describing the next steps in the process.

Study Guide & Questions

Suggestions for study describe how readers of the Commission on the Marriage Canon’s report may explore it for personal reflection as well as pre-Synod discussion with delegates and/or congregational study groups. Prayers are included to help begin the discussion, while a series of questions for each section provide direction for individuals and groups.

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Reviewed: October 2, 2015