What is the Church’s teaching on human sexuality?

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The current teaching of the Anglican Communion on sexuality is expressed in the 1998 Lambeth Conference Resolution I.10. This states that the Conference, “in view of the teaching of Scripture, upholds faithfulness in marriage between a man and a woman in lifelong union, and believes that abstinence is right for those who are not called to marriage” and describes homosexual practice as “incompatible with scripture”. The full text of the resolution is set out below.
This Conference:

  • commends to the Church the subsection report on human sexuality;
  • in view of the teaching of Scripture, upholds faithfulness in marriage between a man and a woman in lifelong union, and believes that abstinence is right for those who are not called to marriage;
  • recognises that there are among us persons who experience themselves as having a homosexual orientation. Many of these are members of the Church and are seeking the pastoral care, moral direction of the Church, and God’s transforming power for the living of their lives and the ordering of relationships. We commit ourselves to listen to the experience of homosexual persons and we wish to assure them that they are loved by God and that all baptised, believing and faithful persons, regardless of sexual orientation, are full members of the Body of Christ;
  • while rejecting homosexual practice as incompatible with Scripture, calls on all our people to minister pastorally and sensitively to all irrespective of sexual orientation and to condemn irrational fear of homosexuals, violence within marriage and any rivialisation and commercialisation of sex;
  • cannot advise the legitimising or blessing of same sex unions nor ordaining those involved in same gender unions;
  • requests the Primates and the ACC to establish a means of monitoring the work done on the subject of human sexuality in the Communion and to share statements and resources among us;
  • notes the significance of the Kuala Lumpur Statement on Human Sexuality and the concerns expressed in resolutions IV.26, V.1, V.10, V.23 and V.35 on the authority of

Scripture in matters of marriage and sexuality and asks the Primates and the ACC to include them in their monitoring process.

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