News by email Donate

Suggestions

Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

Thabo-Makgoba-main-1_article_image.jpg
World Economic Forum
World News

Archbishop brought to tears after church rejects blessing of civil unions

In a statement released on the Church's website, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba expressed his disappointment over the result of a synod vote about LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) marriage unions in the Anglican Church in Southern Africa.

The province of Southern Africa covers Angola, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland. Only South Africa allows civil unions between same-sex couples.

The Synod was holding a debate to discuss two issues. The first was whether licenses should be granted to LGBT clergy in same-sex civil unions to minister in parishes. The second was whether bishops should be allowed to bless same-sex civil unions which have been legal in South Africa since 2006.

CC

Both motions failed to receive a majority in the vote. The bishops voted 16 to six against the motion, the laity 41 to 25 against and the clergy 42 to 34 against.

Makgoba expressed his disappointment with the outcome, saying: "I was deeply pained by the outcome of the debate. I was glad I wear glasses or the Synod would have seen the tears."

 "We live in a democracy, our Church has strongly advocated democracy, and people on all sides of the debate have to accept the result," he said.

Makgoba concluded with this message for the LGBT Anglican community: "You are loved by God and all baptised, believing and faithful persons, regardless of sexual orientation, are full members of the Body of Christ. We urge you to stick with us to play your full part in the deliberations to come."

By Megan Griffiths

Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email

Connect

Donate

Donate