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Episcopalian beliefs homosexuality in christianity


This is a list of Christian denominational positions on homosexuality. The issue of homosexuality and Christianity is a subject of on-going theological debate within and between Christian denominations and this list seeks to summarise the various official positions. Within denominations, many members may hold somewhat differing views on and even differing definitions of homosexuality.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church is opposed to same-sex sexual practices and relationships on the grounds that Episcopalian beliefs homosexuality in christianity intimacy belongs only within the marital relationship of a man and a woman. The Anglican Communion has been divided over the issue of homosexuality in several ways. The Church of Englandthe mother church of the Communion, currently maintains according to the statement Issues in Human Sexuality that same-sex partnerships are acceptable for laypersons, and gay clergy may enter in a civil partnership as long as they are expected to give assurances of celibacy.

Bishop Gene Robinson is the first openly gay non-celibate clergy to be ordained to the episcopate. InNicholas Chamberlainthe Bishop of Granthambecame the first bishop in the Church of England to come out as gay and in a same-sex relationship. In response to several controversies in the Episcopal Church, among which Episcopalian beliefs homosexuality in christianity its changed policies relating to sexual morality, a number of alternative Anglican churches were founded during the s and s.

They are customarily referred to as the churches of the Continuing Anglican movement.

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