Tough Questions Today: Exploring Theology of Marriage
Theology House Conference, 2013
Dates: Friday evening 16th and Saturday 17th August 2013.
Venue: St Christopher’s Church, Avonhead has been booked, with capacity for breakout rooms.
Speakers: Bishop Tim Harris, Adelaide; Rev Dr Sue Patterson, Nelson; Bishop Victoria Matthews, Acting Dean Lynda Patterson, Rev Dr Peter Carrell, Christchurch.
Background to the Conference:
Theology of marriage is a hot topic for churches today. In a changing world, gay marriage is being legislated for, leading Christians to divide into those who support such change and those who oppose it.
At the very least intense thinking about marriage is taking place in churches and in society. Does marriage require a man and a woman? Should churches be servants of the state in registering marriages? Perhaps the simplest and most basic question today is, ‘What is marriage?’ Tough questions are being asked. Traditional answers are under scrutiny. So are modern answers.
This conference offers an opportunity for Christians to set time aside to engage with the questions.
A specific background to this conference is the call of the General Synod 2012 of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia (ACANZP) for exploration of theology of marriage in the run up to General Synod 2014.
Details re registration (by 12 August, please) and so forth are here.