There are lots of great resources out there to help stimulate discussion and provide information and frameworks for change. The problem is often where to start. We have tried to collate below some of the more useful information, study material, and links for Connexional Policies, District Resolutions and Memorials and local Church Council policies. These can be adapted to suit your local context. We are always ready to add more and hear of resources that have proved valuable.
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Study Material and Resources
Bible Study Material
#time4change – Lenten Challenge
a Bible Study on Matthew 12:46-50 and family.
Reconciling Ministries Booklet on the Bible
Other Study Material
a short study guide on appropriate liturgies for use with couples. Includes a draft order for discussion.
Official Material from Churches
Methodist Church in Great Britain
A fantastic list of resources to help local Churches and Circuits engage in respectful and honest conversations. On the main Methodist website is a pretty comprehensive list of material to use at a local level: Talking of Marriage and Relationships includes downloadable PDFs and links to further resources.
The Methodist Church has also published its official position on the question of homophobia (external link), where you will also find downloadable PDFs covering The Equality Diversity and Inclusion Committee’s Definition and Guidance on Homophobia.
United Reformed Church
Our partners in the URC are further on that us in their conversations. On their website is a list of URC processes and decisions and further resources.
Scottish Episcopal Church
The Episcopalians (Anglicans) in Scotland have decided to move to fuller inclusion. On their website is a downloadable essay on Marriage and Human Intimacy, which considers the different perspectives on same-sex relationships and the life of the church.
Church of Scotland
The Presbyterians in Scotland have decided to move to a ‘mixed economy’ in terms of conducting same-sex marriages. You can read the report on the 2017 General Assembly.
Methodist Church in Southern Africa
As part of their process of discernment, the Doctrine Commission of the MSCA received a discussion paper from Ndikhe Mtshiselwa entitled ‘The Methodist Church of Southern Africa and homosexuality: A rereading of Leviticus 18:22’ You can download the PDF directly.