Changing Attitude England
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.”
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.