Same-Sex Marriage: Archbishop Urges Unity Amidst Church Division

In the face of escalating factionalism over same-sex marriage, Archbishop Justin Welby has issued a call for unity within the Church of England, emphasizing the need for reconciliation amidst bitter internal arguments. Here’s the whole story.

Same-Sex Marriage

Image Credit: Shutterstock /

The Church of England has found itself embroiled in internal factionalism over the religiously contentious issue of same-sex marriage. 

Severe Situation

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Massimo Todaro

Archbishop Justin Welby’s recent address shed light on the severity of the situation for the Church and its followers.

Divisive Rhetoric

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Nina Alizada

In his opening address, Archbishop Welby issued a poignant call for unity within the Church, decrying the divisive rhetoric that has driven a wedge between different factions of the Church. 

“Resist That Illusion”

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Ground Picture

“The fear and suffering that come from division make us look at other people as our enemies and we have to resist that illusion in faithful and honest community,” the Archbishop stated. 

“A Sense of Enmity”

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Pixel-Shot

He continued: “Causes of fear, which lead to a sense of enmity, are well-disguised as uncertainty, unpredictability and uncontrollability of life. And like barnacles on the hull of a ship, they attach themselves to make us see other people as our enemies, and that is the Devil’s work.”

“Devil’s Work”

Image Credit: Shutterstock / VGstockstudio

The characterization of the bitter divisions as the “Devils work,” for a religious organisation shows the dire situation the Church finds itself in. 

Church Infighting

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Pressmaster

Welby’s public acknowledgement of the prevalence of infighting within the Church emphasises the gravity of the situation. 

Toxic Situation

Image Credit: Shutterstock / MVolodymyr

The situation has become so toxic that Welby called out those within the Church who had even sent hate mail to others in the religious community.

Afraid of Emails

Image Credit: Shutterstock / KieferPix

“Someone the Archbishop of York and I met from outside the Church said that while they were working on a project for the Church they grew to fear opening their emails because of the bitterness and abuse they were subject to,” the Archbishop stated. 

“Expressions of Hatred”

Image Credit: Shutterstock / fizkes

He continued: “At Lambeth, the brilliant member of staff who deals with the endless correspondence that comes in is worn down by the expressions of hatred, normally coming from within the Church.”

Internal Divisions

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Grabowski Foto

The ongoing debate over same-sex marriage has exacerbated the Church’s internal divisions, pitting the Church’s liberal and conservative factions against each other. 

Trial Blessings

Image Credit: Shutterstock / DGLimages

Despite recent measures to trial blessings for same-sex couples with civil unions, the issue remains a deeply divisive one within the Church’s hierarchy.

Fellow Enemies

Image Credit: Shutterstock / SeventyFour

Welby also condemned the belief that fellow Christians were enemies due to doctrinal differences, cautioning against succumbing to the illusion of enmity. 

“Malign Forces”

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Pressmaster

The Archbishop attributed such divisiveness to “malign forces” that exploit uncertainties and fears. 

Resist Impulses

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Gorodenkoff

He then urged the faithful to resist any divisive impulses that are growing so great that they threaten the unity of the Church. 

Corrosive Effect

Image Credit: Shutterstock / wideonet

This divisiveness was made all the more apparent when the Archbishop highlighted the corrosive effect of the divisions on the Church’s culture, citing instances of bitterness, abuse, and expressions of hatred among clergy and lay members. 

Toxic Dynamics

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Thoranin Nokyoo

Such toxic dynamics undermine what Welby sees as the Church’s mission and alienate external believers, exacerbating the sense of internal discord.

“No Fear”

Image Credit: Shutterstock / SeventyFour

Despite the pervasive sense of discord within the Church, Welby expressed confidence in the Church’s resilience, stating he had “no fear” for its future. 

“God is Faithful”

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Ajdin Kamber

As is perhaps understandable for a man of the cloth, he put his unwavering devotion and belief in the hands of a higher power, stating, “God is faithful.”

Beacon of Hope

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Mongkolchon Akesin

His steadfast optimism will be a beacon of hope for many amidst the prevailing uncertainty that continues to gnaw at the Church’s foundations. 

Structural Division

Image Credit: Shutterstock / fizkes

The divide has become so great that opponents of same-sex blessings have advocated for structural differentiation within the Church, suggesting a formal split between proponents and opponents of such practices. 

Challenging Authority

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Paolo Paradiso

This proposal reflects the severity of escalating tensions within the Anglican Communion, with conservative factions openly challenging the authority of church leadership.

General Synod

Image Credit: Shutterstock /

As the General Synod convenes to address the issue of same-sex blessings, the Church stands at a crossroads, grappling with the need to find a path forward for believers on both sides of the argument around the recognition of same-sex couples while also upholding core principles of the Church itself. 

Future Stance

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Riccardo De Luca – Update

The outcome of these deliberations will undoubtedly shape the trajectory of the Church, its future stance on social issues, and whether it will continue as a united organisation. 

Rallying Cry

Image Credit: Shutterstock / PIGAMA

Archbishop Welby’s impassioned plea for unity serves as a rallying cry for reconciliation within the Church of England, urging its members to transcend doctrinal differences to pursue a common purpose. 

Left Behind

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Riccardo De Luca – Update

As the Church confronts the challenges posed by internal discord, its ability to navigate these tumultuous waters will ultimately determine its resilience and relevance in a world where many see religion being left behind.

More Articles Like This…

Broken Britain: 12 Reasons Behind the UK’s Decline

Say the Unsayable: 10 Occasions When Farage Spoke His Mind About Britain

The post Same-Sex Marriage: Archbishop Urges Unity Amidst Church Division first appeared on Edge Media.

Featured Image Credit: Shutterstock / LCV.

Grant Gallacher is a seasoned writer with expertise in politics and impactful daily news. His work, deeply rooted in addressing issues that resonate with a wide audience, showcases an unwavering commitment to bringing forth the stories that matter. He is also known for satirical writing and stand up comedy.

Leave a Comment