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Lambeth Conference scraps voting system ahead of key votes

by Kelly Valencia

The Archbishop of Canterbury has announced bishops will no longer be required to vote on the so called Lambeth Calls.

Initially, bishops were asked to record their views on the ten Calls to be discussed during the Conference by voting whether they agreed with it or it needed further discernment. 

However, following strong backlash over the Human Dignity call - which included a Resolution which reaffirmed marriage between a man and a women - organisers decided to add a third option to the voting system rejecting the call. 

But on Sunday, Most Rev Justin Welby told bishops the electronic vote was being replaced with a verbal indication of agreement or disagreement at the end of each session. 

Six groups will have the opportunity to give verbal feedback during each session, on a randomly selected basis.

According to a press update, bishops will continue to discuss the calls at their tables, recording feedback and observations, and this will be given to the group working on Phase 3 of the Conference. 

The final report on the Call will be no numbers under provinces but a general sense on whether bishops agree, reject the call or believe it needs further discernment.

In Phase 3 of the Conference, bishops are invited to take Calls to their provinces and churches and explore whether to enact or not.  

During a press conference, Bishop Tim Thornton, who heads the conference's Lambeth Calls subgroup stressed that the Conference is "work in progress" not "a work in progress" meaning the Conference's organisers continue to adapt to the feedback they are receiving. 

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