C of E Group on human sexuality appoints advisers

Church of England Press Release

29 March 2012

The group chaired by Sir Joseph Pilling to advise the House of Bishops on the Church of England’s approach to human sexuality has appointed three advisers. They are the Revd Dr Jessica Martin, Priest-in-charge of Duxford, of Hinxton and of Ickleton, Dr Robert Song, Head of Durham University’s Department of Theology and Religion, and the Ven Rachel Treweek, Archdeacon of Hackney.

Jessica Martin reflected on and wrote about the House of Bishops statement Some Issues in Human Sexuality in her former role as a Cambridge academic. Robert Song is a Senior Lecturer in Christian Ethics and President of the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics. Rachel Treweek has been an Archdeacon, first in Northolt and now in Hackney, since 2006.

The House of Bishops announced on 1 July, 2011, that it intended to draw together material from the listening process undertaken within the Church of England over recent years in the light of the 1998 Lambeth Conference resolution. It also committed itself to offering proposals on how the continuing discussion within the Church of England about these matters might best be shaped in the light of the listening process. The task of Sir Joseph’s group, announced in January, is to help the House discharge its commitment to produce a consultation document.

The full text of the 1 July statement.

 The press release announcing the working group.


  1. PaulP says

    Can anyone tell me if there has been anything to come out of the “listening process”, or if there is any evidence that it has indeed taken place? If there is, then sure, the listening process can in principle be useful, but if there isn’t then aren’t these just nice words to make people feel good, but with no substance behind them?

    Who should they be talking to, who has listened? And who have they been listening to? And how will they find out who they are? If someone has been listening are they supposed to contact the advisors? If someone has listened to us, should we suggest they do so? How does this work?

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