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LC093: Text of Lambeth Conference resolution on sexuality
06 Aug 1998 01:42:16
Text of Lambeth Conference resolution on sexuality
ACNS LC093 - 5 August 1998
The Lambeth Conference today approved the following resolution on sexuality
by a vote of 526 in favor and 70 against, with 45 abstentions (italics
a) commends to the Church the subsection report on human sexuality;
b) in view of the teaching of Scripture, upholds faithfulness in marriage
between a man and a woman in lifelong union, and believes that abstinence
[A28] is right for those who are not called to marriage.
c) recognises that there are among us persons who experience themselves as
having a homosexual orientation. Many of these are members of the Church and
are seeking the pastoral care, moral direction of the Church, and God's
transforming power for the living of their lives and the ordering of
relationships, and we commit ourselves to listen to the experience of
homosexual people. [A24] We wish to assure them that they are loved by God
and that all baptised, believing and faithful persons, regardless of sexual
orientation, are full members of the Body of Christ;
d) while rejecting homosexual practice as incompatible with Scripture, [A36]
calls on all our people to minister pastorally and sensitively to all
irrespective of sexual orientation and to condemn irrational fear of
homosexuals [A27], violence within marriage and any trivialisation and
commercialisation of sex;
e) cannot advise the legitimising or blessing of same-sex unions, nor the
ordination of those involved in such unions;
f) requests the Primates and the ACC to establish a means of monitoring the
work done on the subject of human sexuality in the Communion and to share
statements and resources among us;
g) notes the significance of the Kuala Lumpur Statement and the concerns
expressed in resolutions IV.26, V.1, V.10, V.23, and V.35 on the authority
of Scripture in matters of marriage and sexuality and asks the Primates and
the ACC to include them in their monitoring process. [A15]"
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