By Gregory Tomlin, Christian Examiner
NEW YORK (Christian Examiner) – A new study from the Methodist Church in Britain is encouraging church workers and ministers to adopt a greater level of understanding and inclusion for new types of “families,” including those composed of same-sex couples.
“What does the word ‘family’ mean in the twenty-first century?” A summary of the study asks.
“This is challenging, as what constitutes ‘being a family’ eludes being clearly defined. In contemporary society family is found in a variety of places and takes a number of different forms that go beyond blood relationships and relationships established by law. It is vital therefore for us to develop a clear understanding of the kinds of families taking part in family activities and the support offered to them by churches.”