The Methodist Church in engaged in a conversation about whether it should revisit its definition of marriage. This conversation is happening in the light of changes in both the law and social attitudes to divorce, co-habitation and same-sex marriage.
Currently, The Methodist Church, in line with scripture and traditional teaching, believes that ‘marriage is a gift of God and that it is God’s intention that a marriage should be a life-long union in body, mind and spirit of one man and one woman’.
The Church is asking ‘ Should the Methodist understanding of Christian marriage be revisited?’ We expect there to be a range of views. We are feeding back the full range of these view to the connexional working group. There are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ responses.
District responses are required by Tuesday 23rd February 2016.
In Scotland the co-ordination of the conversation is being led by Andrew and Belinda Letby. Please contact them if you, your church or circuit would like more help or information with the conversation.
More information and links to various useful documents can be found on the Methodist website. There is further Scottish material.
For more information on the process the Connexion is working to please see the document ‘Guidance on feedback.’