Donating organs and blood is Christian duty, C of E synod to be told

The Guardian | Harriett Sherwood

Motion urges Church of England to tell congregations to do more as NHS faces shortage, calling it a ‘sacrificial offering’

A person receives a blood transfusion. Christians should be urged to donate blood and organs, a motion to the synod says. Photograph: Alamy

Blood and organ donation is a Christian duty and congregations should be encouraged to act, a motion to a three-day general assembly of the Church of England says.

It quotes James Newcome, the bishop of Carlisle, saying that blood and organ donation should be part of the “sacrificial offering” Christians are called on to make.

“That ‘sacrificial offering’ is usually associated with time, money and gifts. But it applies just as much to the blood that flows in our veins and the organs that are such an intrinsic part of our bodies,” Newcome says.

A background paper prepared for the synod by the diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales, which is behind the motion, highlights the work of fleshandblood, a church campaign to raise awareness of the need for blood and organ donation, and to mobilise Christians to take action. Continue reading