MBE for Changing Attitude Director in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Changing Attitude England

Press release 

Director of Changing Attitude England appointed MBE

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The Revd Colin Coward, the founder and Director of Changing Attitude England, has been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s Birthday 2014 Honours List.

The trustees of Changing Attitude England welcome this recognition of Colin’s contribution to the work for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in the Church of England and the Anglican Communion.

From the foundation of Changing Attitude England in 1995 we have engaged with people at every level of church life, bringing the experience and expectations of LGBTI Christians into conversation with bishops, Archbishops and the councils of the Church.

The trustees and supporters of Changing Attitude England, lay and ordained, have worked with dedication at the local level in diocesan groups and as individuals, and at the national level in General Synod and with the College and House of Bishops.

Kate Smith, chair of trustees, said:

“This is very welcome recognition for Colin’s years of hard work and tenacity in an environment where it sometimes must have felt that nothing would ever change. We still have a little way to go, but we are convinced that through his dedication, and that of all our supporters, we will in the end have a more honest, more accepting Church – one that doesn’t stigmatise difference, and is therefore a better place for everyone. We really appreciate the encouragement that this recognition from the state brings to Colin and all of us.” 

Notes

The Revd Colin Coward was  a leading member of the teams advocating for the full inclusion of LGBTI people at the Lambeth Conferences of 1998 and 2008, working with British and North American colleagues. He has been present at key meetings of the Primates of the Anglican Communion in Tanzania and Egypt and of the Anglican Consultative Council in Nottingham, England, and Jamaica.

Changing Attitude England continues to campaign for equality for LGBTI people in the Church of England, including equality of relationships and equality in ministry, lay and ordained, in selection, training, ordination and preferment. With the trustees, Colin is working to persuade the bishops to open churches to bless the legal, faithful, loving, committed relationships of same-sex couples.

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Contact:

Revd Colin Coward
+44 (0)1380 724908
+44 (0)7770 844302
colin@changingattitude.org.uk

Web site: www.changingattitude.org.uk

Comments

  1. godfred says

    congratulations and keep the fire burning. you deserve it as you have really devoted yourself in fighting for lgbti in the Anglican church. God be with you and many success

  2. Liz Perrott says

    Brilliant News Colin, I remember when it first began and many of the trials, such as Lambeth Conference, when they blocked the session at the last minute and refused to give Changing Attitudes a Voice I bet Brenda Harrison is looking down and smiling!

  3. Tom Fehr says

    Congratulations Colin! A well deserved honour.. The pace may seem slow at times, but you have helped move the Church forward light years. Prayers for you and Changing Attitudes as we travel yet a few more light years into the future.

  4. ANDREW MCMINN says

    I have been a victim of homophobia in the church and until 3 weeks ago had no idea that there was a spirited group active in addressing this hypocrisy. Where has the love of God gone? Where is the grace?

    I have never heard about you until 5 minutes ago, but well done for what you are doing Colin. Your work has obviously attracted a certain degree of attention and validation otherwise you would not have received this award.

    Well done brave man!

  5. CHRIS ELDRIDGE says

    Colin,
    Thank you for your campaigning on the behalf of many…..MBE is well deserved recognition. As there is still a long way to go I hope it will make a difference for the ongoing work of Changing Attitude.

  6. Tony says

    Congratulations surely also for the brave clergy and lay folk who stand for the truth of the
    word of God.”i’d rather trust the word of God,nought else is worth believing”.

  7. Ron Chaplin says

    Congratulations, Colin. And thank you for all you did to help Integrity Canada to participate alongside you at the 2008 Lambeth Conference.

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