In His Embrace
“Both Houses of Parliament have now expressed a clear view by large majorities on the principle that there should be legislation to enable same-sex marriages to take place in England and Wales. It is now the duty and responsibility of the Bishops who sit in the House of Lords to recognise the implications of this decision and to join with other Members in the task of considering how this legislation can be put into better shape.” Church of England
In keeping with issues I see in the church I wanted to bring the topic of possible Gay marriage being allowed in the church to the forefront of my work this month. I have chosen to depict a couple embracing in recognition of Gods all embracing love and the embracing love of a couple, this picture is currently in the Church if you want to see it up close then please take a look on a Saturday morning during 10-12pm or when our talks are on a Tuesday from 12:30pm-2pm. I am interested to know how people react to the picture as this is such a hot debate within the church and can cause extreme reactions, yet at the centre of it all as with the Church itself, is the feeling of love and love’s importance in our lives so I hope this comes across too.I have also included some thoughts expresses earlier on this year on this topic and in fact our very own Vicar’s opinion on the subject of gay marriage is below and it definitely leaves food for thought.“Wherever you stand on gay marriage, and there will be a range of opinion amongst us, marriage is not just another word for civil partnership. If it was, why bother with all of this? Marriage is a covenant relationship, one that changes who we are, not just our title or status on forms. When couples want to marry they want so much more than just to have children or set up home together. Many have done those already. It is in some ways the modern consummation of the relationship because it ties in a way civil ceremonies and legal paperwork alone don’t. This is the concept that has been absent from the debates, as such as there have been. This is why it should not be entered into “lightly or selfishly but reverently and responsibly”. It is for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, because the identity, who we are, has changed.” Ian Black Sunday, 24 February 2013 (to read more, please go to Canon Ian Black’s blog at: http://canonianblack.blogspot.co.uk/)The following video is of Maurice Williamson who was addressing the New Zealand parliament on the Gay marriage issue and the video went viral over night causing a real stir on social media and i think this was partly due to his comedic style too.Maurice Williamson – NZ MPs hilarious gay marriage speech
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhdSYJ0r9P0I do hope some of you come into see the picture and please look out for a debate that should be happening on this subject in the Church in the Spring of next year.