Friday, September 15, 2006

Embrace homosexuals, says Anglican archbishop
Wendell Roelf Cape Town, South Africa
14 September 2006 05:16

Homosexuals are God's children, Anglican Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane said on Thursday, ahead of a conference in Rwanda with the contentious issue of gays in the church on its agenda.

"We should try to find solutions of living with difference and otherness. Diversity is the creation by the Almighty ... we need to embrace, all of us, in our differences and seek to walk together," Ndungane told reporters.

Tensions in the church have been growing since 2003, following a row over the blessing of same-sex relationships and the consecration of an openly gay bishop by the American Episcopal Church.

Ndungane, who leads the two dozen bishops in Church of the Province of Southern Africa, said same-sex legislation currently before Parliament should be upheld.
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