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: Kate Smith
Kate Smith is a freelance writer and researcher in the cultural sector. She has a particular interest in LGBT history. She is also a web project manager and runs this website.
Vice Chair: Keith Sharpe
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.
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.
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.
Mercia McMahon is a novelist and non-fiction writer in the areas of trans studies, theology, and creative writing. An Anglican priest, she was ordained in the Church of Ireland, taught theology in a Church of England higher education college (now called Chester University) and trained candidates for ordination and other ministries for the Church in Wales Diocese of St Asaph.
Her debut novel Seattle in Shorts (about dealing with negative pasts at both the personal and the community level) was published in 2014 and her short story Forgiveness (about domestic violence and the hierarchy of ethical truths) was published in 2013. Of more direct relevance to Changing Attitude she hopes in 2014 to publish a non-fiction work Inquest into a Campaign (about press regulation and the suicide of trans teacher Lucy Meadows) and Grace Comes Home (a novel about homophobia in a Church of England parish). Her writing can be followed at http://merciamcmahon.com which replaces her previous sites Trans Scribe (later known as Trans Writes) and Faith in Doubt.
She co-facilitates the LGBT group at St James Piccadilly, is a member of Sibyls (a national Christian trans group), and is a co-founder of Christians Together at Pride (London).
The Rev’d Bryony Morrison, is a Priest in the Chelmsford Diocese. She took early retirement from a career in teaching and was ordained in 1999. Having taught in a borough where equal opportunities were the be all and end all, she is passionate about inclusion. She feels that the older she gets, the less tolerant she becomes about the treatment of LGBT friends and colleagues.
Jane Newsham is a member of the Southwell and Nottingham Changing Attitude group, and she has been involved in conducting surveys and writing resources for use in church groups to initiate discussion on LGBT inclusion. Her mantra is ‘All dialogue takes us forward’. She strongly supports same-sex marriage.
Godwyns Onwuchekwa is the founder and Coordinator of Justice for Gay Africans (JfGA) and became a Trustee of Changing Attitude England in 2013. Godwyns has worked in public, private and voluntary sectors in different roles, including in IT, communications and supporting vulnerable people; he currently work as a Consultant Community Engagement Specialist within Public Health. His passion is to serve and support, thus Godwyns is connected to various charities.
Godwyns was born in Nigeria and moved to the UK in 2004. Raised in the Anglican Church, he began singing in a Cathedral Church at a very young age and sings with the Hackney Singers, a voluntary community classical choir and also volunteers as a Choir Leader and Sunday School Teacher in St Barnabas’ (CoE), Mitcham. Godwyns is not a Christian, but a Jesus admirer.
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.