The Scottish Episcopal Church serves all parts of the Scottish community and has members from a wide cross-section of society. In the area of human sexuality, the Church seeks to be an open and welcoming community, encouraging theological discussion and honest conversation while acknowledging the difficulties such conversation can cause. Within the membership of the Church there is a wide range of theological and doctrinal viewpoints.
On the specific question of same sex relationships, discussion is ongoing and we endeavour to engage in a process of conversation, prayer and discussion in an atmosphere of mutual respect. Currently, a Design Group established by the General Synod’s Mission and Ministry Board is working on a process to enable listening “across the spectrum” of views represented within the Church. It is expected that the General Synod will be involved in that process later this year.
Conversation – A Whole Church Discussion of Same Sex Relationships
Whole Church Discussion Same Sex Relationships – Same Sex Design Group Framework for 2014
Statement on the Blessing of Civil Partnerships
The College of Bishops issued a short statement regarding the blessing of civil partnerships in November 2013 – Statement on the Blessing of Civil Partnerships
The Scottish Episcopal Church, through its Faith & Order Board, has responded to the Scottish Government’s various consultations on the registration of Civil Partnerships and Same Sex Marriage: