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General Synod set for divisive sexuality debates

Fri 07 Jul 2017
By Marcus Jones

The Church of England's General Synod is underway with discussions on issues of gender and sexuality expected to dominate.

The governing body is meeting for four days in York.

The agenda includes a suggested change on the church's stance on conversion therapy for people experiencing same-sex attraction.

Synod member Rev Canon Jonathan Ford is concerned it's a no win situation.

Speaking to Premier, he said: "If we don't vote against therapy we'll be seen by some to be supporting the worst forms of these therapies, if we vote for it there may well be a witch hunt.

Discussions on how to make the church more welcoming to transgender people will also take place.

The first point of business on Friday was a debate introduced by the Archbishops of York and Canterbury looking at the role of the Church after the election.

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