Bishop Linda’s response to the vote on the Marriage Canon

July 16, 2019

Dear friends in Christ,

As you know the General Synod failed to approve the revision to Canon XXI to allow for same-sex marriage. It failed in the House of Bishops.  The pain in the Synod has been palpable for all members of Synod. When I was then elected as Primate it seemed to me most appropriate to leave the decision of next steps to the next Bishop of Huron.

I have heard the deep pain of many in the Diocese of Huron through your social media posts; your e-mails and public witness and feel it myself.  I did vote in favour of the change to the Canon. I am also aware that whatever I do will have an impact on the next Bishop of Huron.

I am therefore considering what steps I can put in place in the Diocese of Huron that will respond to our previous commitment in blessing same-sex civil marriage and honour the consciences of all members of the diocese and the voices we heard through our consideration process leading to our Synod in 2018. I ask for your patience.  As you can imagine my life has been turned upside down in the last few days and the General Synod continues to need my full attention. I will release to you what I believe will help us as a diocese respond to the ‘Word to the Church’ that was strongly affirmed here and permits local option and honour the consciences of all members of our diocese.

I ask your prayers for those who have been devastated by the decision of General Synod; for our LGBTQ2S+ siblings whose pain is deep; and for me as I prepare to be installed as the 14 Primate and must offer leadership to all members of our Church.

+ Linda