Holding the bishops in love

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Changing Attitude is about to write to every member of the College of Bishops. The letter points out that they are part of a church in which everything has already changed for LGBTI people, even though we recognise that at the structural, institutional level, so much remains to be changed. LGBTI people are still campaigning for full equality in ministry and relationships.

I’d like to invite those of you who pray/meditate/contemplate/practice awareness/centering prayer, to give 5 or 10 minutes every day from now until the College of Bishops meeting from 15 to 17 September, holding the bishops and senior women in your awareness, enfolding them in the infinite, intimate, unconditional, tender love of God.

No need to pray for specific outcomes or intentions. God’s intention is always for the loving, unconditional good of creation. Simply be present yourself in infinite love and open yourself, heart and soul and guts, to the flow of God’s love and enfold the College of Bishops in the goodness and love of God in which we are all immersed and which is integral to the core of our being. Channel the energy of love in your heart and soul, the infinite potential of wisdom in your mind and the nourishing goodness in your guts. The names of individual bishops may come to mind.

It would be good to let the bishops and senior women know you and we together are holding them gently in love. You might like to email the bishops in your diocese and those who come to mind, or send them a card, letting them know they are being gently held in the infinite goodness and love of God.

God’s infinite, unconditional love is something we can all benefit being reminded of from time to time, and of being held within by those who have deep concern for the well-being of creation and the health and vitality of our Christian leaders and the whole body of Christ.

I have been subtly holding the bishops in love since the beginning of August. I invite you to join me each day. Open, loving, energised, unconditional prayer makes more difference than we can imagine.


  1. Jane Newsham says

    “Open, loving, energised, unconditional prayer makes more difference than we can imagine.”
    It’s really good to be reminded and encouraged by this and I hope that many Changing Attitude supporters will commit to this over the next few weeks. Prayer benefits the pray-er as much as those held in prayer. In practical terms, this kind of commitment to prayer also helps us (well, certainly me) deal with the seemingly endless frustration at the slow pace of the LGBTI inclusion process – and develops an increased awareness of our common humanity, unconditionally loved.

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