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Church of England urged to 'learn from mistakes' over same-sex marriage

by Kelly Valencia

A conservative Anglican group has released a new short film, adding to the conversation of human sexuality in the Church of England.

The Church of England Evangelical Council's 15-minute film features voices from churches across the Anglican Communion explaining why the Church shouldn't allow same-sex marriage.

Bishops across the Church of England are preparing to discern a way forward following the conclusion of the Living in Love and Faith (LLF) consultation.

The consultation gathered views of Anglicans across the country about human sexuality and how the Church should engage with it.

The report showed a clear consensus for bishops to give clear leadership on the issue.

The Church of England's Next Steps Group is currently reviewing submissions from the LLF consultation, meeting with key groups within the Church of England and enabling the College of Bishops in its discernment of the way forward. 

The College will be meeting in October and December 2022 with a view to presenting a 'direction of travel' to the General Synod in February 2023. 

John Dunnett, director of strategy and operations, at the CEEC, said: "We know there are deeply held and completely incompatible convictions within the C of E and that surface level solutions simply won't work. 

"We've seen elsewhere in the Anglican Communion that, where liturgical support has been suggested as a compromise, neither side has been satisfied and long, bitter and divisive battles have ensued. For the sake of the gospel, we need to find a better way ahead - a settlement without theological compromise that is best for all." 

Premier has contacted the Church of England for comment.

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