LGB&T Coalition act of witness invites Synod members to talk with, not about, the over 1,500 gay clergy

The LGB&T Anglican Coalition held an Act of Witness in Dean’s Yard outside Church House on Thursday morning, 9 February from 8.45am, to draw the members of General Synod’s attention to the extent to which the Church of England relies on the many hundreds of LGB&T clergy who minister faithfully in parishes, hospitals, diocesan offices and other ministires. At a conservative estimate, there are over 1,500 priests serving in the church who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender – over 13% of the total.

Over 40 people from the 8 member groups of the Coalition gathered to hold banners and rainbow flags and hand leaflets to members as they arrived. One supporter had travelled that morning from Leeds, leaving at 5am to be with us, and another had travelled from south Yorkshire. We were joined by a number of our hererosexual supporters.

We were struck by the warmth and encouragement with which most Synod members greeted our presence. The atmosphere became increasingly energised and positive as we realised that the cautious pace at which the House of Bishops is prepared to move is not shared by the majority in Synod.

More reports from the week at Synod will follow this evening or over the weekend. For the moment, I’m going to enjoy home cooking and a glass of chardonnay!

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