Government Ministers’ letter leaves Church of England in no doubt that full inclusion is expected

The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Helen Grant MP, Minister for Sport, Tourism and Equalities have written to Rev Colin Coward, Director of Changing Attitude England, spelling out with clarity why the MBE was awarded in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Sajid Javid and […]

Archbishop of York replies to emails supporting Canon Jeremy Pemberton

The office of the Archbishop of York is sending a pro-forma email response to people who have emailed him about the revocation of Jeremy Pemberton’s PTO: Thank you for your email in response to the Acting Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham’s decision to revoke the Permission to Officiate of The Revd Jeremy Pemberton, following his […]

Bishop refuses to licence Canon Jeremy Pemberton as health service chaplain following marriage

Laurence Cunnington, Jeremy’s husband, has issued the following request: Please take the time to read this post in full and consider taking the action I suggest. You will all, no doubt, be aware from recent press and internet coverage that Jeremy Pemberton has had his ‘Permission to Officiate’ (PTO) in Southwell & Nottingham Diocese removed […]

Bishop of Norwich clarifies purpose of monitoring and reference group

As Changing Attitude reported in a blog on June 26, on June 24 the Church of England website posted a statement about weekend press reports that the Bishop of Norwich has been asked to keep a blacklist of clergy who marry same sex partners. The statement said the reports were untrue. Changing Attitude had been aware […]

Interview: “Jesus was in a minority of one”.

rev simon buckley

Rev’d Simon Buckley of St Anne’s Soho talks church, inclusivity and puppetry with Claire George I couldn’t help notice your career as a puppeteer. Could you tell us something about the day to day life of a puppeteer? What were your biggest projects? One of the great things about being a puppeteer for me was […]

Same sex marriage guidance for clergy

Guidance to Church of England clergy in dealing with issues arising from the document: House of Bishops Pastoral Guidance on Same Marriage of 15 February 2014 The relevant section of the Pastoral Guidance reads (boldface in original): 27. The House is not, therefore, willing for those who are in a same sex marriage to be […]

Homophobia in the Anglican Communion – a response – part 1

St Mark's Battersea Rise: preparing for GAFCON event

Changing Attitude has received a response to Rev. Colin Coward’s article on homophobia which we think is significant enough to publish in full. The author – Peter Chater – has told us, ‘Whatever our disagreements about scripture, it is our response to it and the way we treat others that marks us out as homophobic or […]

Homophobia in the Anglican Communion – a response – part 2

St Mark's Battersea Rise, exterior

This article is Part 2 of 2 of a guest piece by Peter Chater. Part 1, which gives background to the following article and contains an introduction by Changing Attitude, is available here. I too avoided the word ‘homophobia’, for many years, out of respect for others, because it can be used as an insult, […]

Shared Conversations on Sexuality, Scripture and Mission

GS Misc 1083 GENERAL SYNOD Shared Conversations on Sexuality, Scripture and Mission 1. The Pilling Report, published in November 2013, recommended that the church’s internal dialogue on the subject of human sexuality might best be addressed through a process of conversations across the church and involving others in the Anglican Communion. This recommendation was endorsed […]

Time to bless lesbian and gay relationships in church

The right wing conservative Christian narrative would claim that they, traditional, orthodox, Bible-believing Christians, are being persecuted and marginalized because of the demands made by “homosexual activists” in Western nations. This at least is the claim of an American article published by Way of Life Literature, Inc. titled What Rights Will Others Lose When Homosexuals […]