2004 General Synod Report of the Advisory Committee on Worship and Theology: Overture on Definition of Marriage

The Classis of the Canadian Prairies overtures
the General Synod to “affirm that marriage is
properly defined as the union of one man and
one woman, to the exclusion of all others.”
Reasons:
1. This is the time-honoured biblical mandate
ordained by God in creation (Genesis 2: 2
and blessed by Jesus in Cana of Galilee (John
2: 1-11; cf. Matthew 19: 5).
2. The legal and cultural landscape in Canada
demands a clear mandate for the church in
the face of recent changes to this definition.

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1994 General Synod Report of the Commission on Theology: The Church and Homosexuality

Introduction
The Commission on Theology received an
unusual mandate from the 1990 General Synod.
The 1990 General Synod voted:
To adopt as the position of the Reformed
Church in America that the practicing
homosexual lifestyle is contrary to
Scripture, while at the same time encouraging
love and sensitivity towards such persons
as fellow human beings (MGS 1990, R-
11, p. 461).

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1990 General Synod Recommendations Adopted (on Homosexuality)

R-11.
To adopt as the position of the Reformed Church in America that the practicing homosexual lifestyle is contrary to scripture, while at the same time encouraging love and sensitivity towards such persons as fellow human beings. (ADOTPED)

R-12.
To instruct the Commission on Theology to conduct a new study on homosexuality and submit a report to the 1992 General Synod. (ADOPTED)

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Dialogue on Homosexuality: Final Report, 2009

REFERRALS FROM PREVIOUS SYNODS
MGS 2005, R-94, p. 372
To immediately begin an honest and intentional denomination-wide dialogue on homosexuality;
and further, to instruct the General Synod Council (GSC) to hire a facilitator to
begin work no later than January 2006 and to continue for up to three and a half years in
order to give direction to the dialogue; and further, to direct the GSC to provide an annual
report to the General Synod, with a final report not later than General Synod 2009.
 

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