• Same sex marriage blessing

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    Bishop John Parkes

    A CALL to introduce a blessing for married same sex couples, and a reflection on the successes and challenges of more than a decade as head of the diocese will be included in Anglican Bishop of Wangaratta John Parkes’ final charge to the local diocesan synod today.

    Bishop Parkes is presiding over his final synod, a gathering of the diocese’s clergy and laity, in Wangaratta today and tomorrow, before he takes leave in the lead-up to his retirement in December.

    He said while there were “matters of some controversy before the synod about which feelings may run high”, he would remind synod members and those in the gallery that “as Christian Anglicans, we can hold divergent views in good conscience”.

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