Human Sexuality and Christianity
The International Anglican Communion has in recent times been struggling to reach a decision on their views of same sex marriages and relationships. Earlier this month, they managed to avoid a split by reaffirming the Church’s teaching on marriage as between a man and a woman, but it remains a difficult issue within all Anglican Churches. The Church of Ireland’s Select Committee on Human Sexuality in the Context of Christian Belief recently launched its Guide to the Conversation – a new resource designed to assist members of the Church in the ongoing process of listening, learning and dialogue on the issue. The Guide outlines the process to date along with contextual essays and contributions from different viewpoints.
The Very Revd John Mann, Chairman of the Select Committee, explained that its members initially considered taking a broad approach to human sexuality before deciding to concentrate on same-sex issues, in the light of current debates and recent legislation. ‘The Select Committee has not sought to present the Guide as a solution to difficult issues arising from sexuality in the life of the Church.” Dean Mann explained. “There are conflicting views voiced in the Guide but there is plenty of material to make the thinking person reflect, challenge preconceived notions, and give them a voice for their concerns or the confidence to search out further guidance.’
Miriam Gormally spoke with Revd John Mann at the launch to find out how the process went.