Director: Revd. Colin Coward
The Revd. Colin Coward, the Director of Changing Attitude, is a priest who originally trained as an architect and subsequently as a psychotherapist.
He ministered for 19 years in inner-city parishes in the Diocese of Southwark. He now lives near Devizes, Wiltshire, is in a civil partnership and is actively involved in his local church.
Chair: Jeremy Timm
Jeremy Timm spent three years training for ordained ministry at theological college, Cranmer Hall in Durham. He was not ordained, after deciding to work alongside his father in the family flour milling business. Thus he returned to Yorkshire and began work as the fifth generation of millers in Goole.
He studied for an MBA, and has enjoyed time working in industry. He works in the local team ministry, leads many services and preaches, with the full support of local churches, but is not allowed to be a Reader because he is in a civil partnership with his long term partner. He is on both Deanery and Diocesan Synods.
He recently completed and MA in theology and religious studies at York St John, which was important in pushing back boundaries, having studied theology before in an unadventurous way. He continues to work with the diocese of York on their Listening Process.
Christina Beardsley, Vice-Chair and one of two Trustees for Trans people, was born in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
Educated at the Universities of Sussex, Cambridge (St John’s College & Westcott House) and Leeds, Tina worked in parishes for twenty-two years and has been a hospital chaplain since 2000.
She co-founded the Clare Project in Brighton & Hove, and co-leads the Sibyls workshop project ‘Gender, Sexuality and Spirituality’.
Dr Rob Clucas is a legal academic at the University of Hull. His current research and teaching interests are sexuality, gender and the law, with a particular focus on church equality issues. As B. Clucas he published articles on jurisprudence (philosophy of law); medical ethics, particularly conjoined twins; human rights, and children’s rights and welfare, and with G. Johnstone and T. Ward, he co-edited the Nomos collection Torture: Moral Absolutes and Ambiguities.
Rob is the inaugural Chair of the LGBT Staff Network at the University, and has also chaired the University’s Anglican Chaplaincy Trust.
Sr. Rosemary CHN
Sister Rosemary is a member of the Community of the Holy Name and is at present based at the Convent of the Holy Name in Oakwood, Derby.
She has been a member of General Synod since 2003 representing Religious Communities (South). She was educated at Newnham College Cambridge and St Mary’s College Durham and held various teaching posts before entering the community.
Hilary Johnson is married with three children and two small grandchildren. One of her sons is gay. Her Christian background is within the Anglo-Catholic tradition. She joined the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in the 1980s, attracted not only by the peace of silent worship but also by the Quaker business structures and processes of discernment that enable open, honest discussion and prayerful reflection. She is keen to encourage families to understand and support their LGB&T offspring.
Rev Clive Larsen is a priest in Manchester/Stockport. Following 15 years in Social Work he was Ordained in 1990. Previously married, he has two daughters.
His life took on a new direction at the dawn of the new millennium from which time he has explored faith from a Progressive Evolutionary and Developmental perspective.
Dr Keith Sharpe is an early retired professor of education. He has published widely in books and academic journals in the fields of sociology of education, comparative education, teaching methodology and pedagogy. Since his retirement he has studied theology and become active in the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement and Changing Attitude. He founded and chairs the Sussex branch of this organisation. He writes a regular column in Gscene, a gay magazine, in which he tries to persuade his readers that while the Church may appear to be an enemy it nevertheless is the bearer of the good news brought by the Jesus tradition.
Kate Smith is a writer and researcher in the cultural sector. She has a particular interest in LGBT history.
She is also a web project manager and spends some of her spare time peering at WordPress shortcodes for Changing Attitude in the company of Nigel Parry.