This year’s conference is on “Good Disagreement”? and is related to the Living in Love and Faith project on “Christian teaching and learning about identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage”. But we meet assuming the Anglican conviction (see Canon A5) that, as the Bishops said in Issues in Human Sexuality:
“there is in Scripture an evolving convergence on the ideal of lifelong, monogamous, heterosexual union as the setting intended by God for the proper development of men and women as sexual beings. Sexual activity of any kind outside marriage comes to be seen as sinful, and homosexual practice as especially dishonourable” (2.29).
With that conviction we aim to examine: one, the seriousness of the present situation sexually both in our wider society as well as in the church; two, what is behind the LLF project; three, what does the Bible have to teach about good disagreement, bad disagreement and, importantly, discipline; and, four, how we should respond.