Convergence and solidarity: Anglican rituals for transgender people

The Revd Dr Cameron Partridge testifying in support of D036 at General Convention 2015 in Salt  Lake City

For several years I’ve been saying that it’s ‘Time for T’ [i.e. for the affirmation and inclusion of transgender people]. Now that trans people have appeared on the covers of both ‘Time’ (Laverne Cox in 2014) and ‘Vogue’ (Caitlyn Jenner in 2015) magazines, a new tipping point appears to have been reached, albeit there is […]

Welcoming transgender people and responding to their needs for prayer

TransEpiscopal TransEpiscopal Blog achieved great success at the 2012 General Convention of the Episcopal Church in the United States. Three transgender non-discrimination resolutions were debated and approved by the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies. It was a significant breakthrough, and at the 2015 General Convention the TransEpiscopal delegation hope to present a resolution […]

When Andrew met Sally – a reply to Andrew Symes

In a fictional piece at Anglican Mainstream, Andrew Symes asks the rhetorical question “’Changing Attitudes’ – why not changing desires?” His story concerns Sally, a married Christian woman with a history of attraction to both men and women, who finds herself attracted to a woman at work: ‘something that she knew was adulterous, immoral […]

Wearing purple: what I said to the CofE College of Bishops’ Meeting September 2014

Me dressed in purple (with Meg)

On the evening of Monday 15th September 2014 I joined three other panellists at a meeting of the Church of England College of Bishops. This was day one of the College’s Facilitated or Shared Conversation on Human Sexuality. We had been invited because we identify as Christian and LGB or T (or same-sex attracted). We […]

The Revd Carol Stone 1954-2014

Revd Carol Stone

I was so sorry to hear about the death of the Revd Carol Stone of pancreatic cancer at the shockingly early age of 60. Carol and I were theological students together at Westcott House, Cambridge from 1976 to 1978 and also transitioned within a year of each other: Carol in 2000; me in 2001. It […]

The elephant in the bishops’ own backyard?

When it comes to homosexuality the Church of England loves euphemisms. Back in the late 1980s, the General Synod debated the Revd Tony Higton’s private member’s motion on ‘personal morality’. The outcome – still part of the Church of England’s official teaching on sexuality – contrasted heterosexuality and homosexuality. No prizes for guessing which was […]

‘One of gayest churches in Christendom’?

I think the phrase was the late Monica Furlong’s in a Church Times article where she lamented the fact that the Church of England was tearing itself apart yet again over homosexuality. There she argued, (if I remember rightly), that this was a particular tragedy, given that the Church of England was, in her opinion, […]

Reflections on the Archbishops’ Letter to the Anglican Primates & the Presidents of Nigeria & Uganda

The wording of the headline is awkward: ‘Archbishops recall commitment to pastoral care and friendship for all, regardless of sexual orientation.’ My first impression was that the Archbishops of Canterbury and York were ‘recalling’, i.e. withdrawing, Monday evening’s Statement by the Church of England College of Bishops, following its reflections on the Pilling Report […]