Church of England Clergyman Resigns to Marry Homosexual Partner

A Church of England clergyman has resigned from his post as parish priest in order to 'marry' his same-sex partner. (Hotlanta Voyeur/Flickr/Creative Commons)
A Church of England clergyman has resigned from his post as parish priest in order to ‘marry’ his same-sex partner. (Hotlanta Voyeur/Flickr/Creative Commons)

A Church of England clergyman has resigned from his post as parish priest in order to “marry” his same-sex partner.

Rev Clive Larsen, 60, of the Diocese of Manchester, resigned on Friday to avoid facing disciplinary action. His decision follows four other clergy who defied the church’s teaching and “married” their same-sex partners, but kept their licenses.

A “blessing” for his upcoming “marriage” to his partner, known only as “John,” took place on Saturday at St. Agnes Church in North Reddish, Stockport—the church that he had up until then officiated in.

‘Inclusive Church’

St. Agnes church describes itself on its website as an “inclusive and evolutionary space,” listing LGBT “Christian” pressure groups Changing Attitudes and Inclusive Church as some of its “guiding principles.”

The website also advertises crystal bowl healing and a shamanic drumming circle on its events page.

‘Blessing’ Service

A notice on the church’s website describing the ceremony stated: “A ceremony of commitment and blessing … Clive will be resigning his post in the church from the day before.”

The service was conducted by Rev. Colin Coward, who is the founder of Changing Attitudes.

According to Peter Ould, writing on the Psephizo blog, the service was also attended by trustees of Changing Attitudes.

It included a liturgy that was originally designed for civil partnerships, which said: “God the giver of life, God the bearer of pain, God the maker of love, bless, preserve and keep you.”

Commenting on Larsen’s resignation, Christian Concern’s Chief Executive Andrea Williams said:

“Clive Larsen has realized that his position is untenable within the Church of England. Others such as Andrew Cain, Simon Butler and Jeremy Pemberton who continue to hold official high profile and responsibilities should follow his lead and resign.”

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SOURCE: Christian Concern