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BU same-sex change?

The Baptist Union (BU) council is formally considering whether to amend its ministerial requirements to allow ministers to be in a same-sex marriage, and has set out the process to be followed.

Nicola Laver

The council has been known to be considering a change to the Ministerial Recognition Rules, following pressure from around 70 BU ministers, but it has now made clear in an open letter to BU ministers and churches that it is seeking ‘a way forward’ but ‘we must not rush ahead’. In her letter, BU General Secretary Lynn Green said marriage was one of two key themes that emerged from the BU Assembly in the Spring – and that the issue about marriage and accredited ministry was being ‘hotly debated’. She said: ‘We believe that any decision that is ultimately made must be prayerfully and carefully discerned.’