From the personal to the infinite

Reflections on receiving an MBE for work towards equality in the Church Sanjay Kumar, a trustee from the earliest days of Changing Attitude, was one of the trustees past and present who came to the celebration following the Investiture on Friday. Sanjay gave me a card in which he quoted Mattie Stepanek: “Unity is Strength […]

Shared Conversations – grounds for optimism?

I’m an eternal optimist. Even when confronted with apparently intransigent and unmoving situations or when living through dark times, something inside me continues to believe that the future will eventually be transformed by the creative good – the divine energy of love. Faith might be a good word to describe my optimism! My feelings about […]

Resources for the Shared Conversations

Dr Chris Cook, Professor of Spirituality, Theology and Health at Durham University, has written an article about the Pilling report and scientific evidence, published in the Church Times last Friday. Chris is a practical theologian and a scientist. He is critical of the report for not evaluating the scientific evidence with sufficient rigour and asks […]

The College of Bishops meet for Shared Conversations

This evening members of the College of Bishops, including the eight elected senior women, gather at Bosworth Hall Hotel and Spa, Market Bosworth to begin the Shared Conversations which will be rolled out across the dioceses and last for two years, culminating at the November 2016 meeting of the General Synod. Supporters of Changing Attitude […]

A South African bisexual offers wisdom that might benefit English bishops

Zinana Monwabisi Mbulelo

Zinana Monwabisi Mbulelo is a friend of mine on Facebook, a student at Central Johannesburg College. At 25, he has a remarkable, visionary wisdom, deeply spiritual but most definitely not restricted within a traditional, orthodox Christian pattern. Yesterday he wrote by chance a lengthy comment which reinforced what I was trying to say in my […]

Being gay, being a bishop and being out or in the closet

The Anglican persecution of LGBTI people Kelvin Holdsworth, the Provost of St Mary’s cathedral, Glasgow, was in conversation with Peter Tatchell on 20 July 2014. In the course of the conversation Kelvin asked Peter about outing gay bishops and wrote a blog about this part of the conversation which has received a lot of attention […]

Anxiety about the present and the future

I surfaced from sleep this morning in a panicky dream. I was travelling by train to Waterloo and we were rising ever higher over the main tracks at Raynes Park on a flyover that doesn’t exist. I was scared by the height the train had reached but worked out emotionally that the line must still […]

Homophobic bullying in church schools and demeaning language

The Bishop of Oxford, John Pritchard, chair of the Board of Education, replied to questions about homophobic bullying in school on Friday evening at Synod. I don’t do shorthand so I was only able to make brief notes of his replies, of the supplementary questions that were asked and of his further reply. Mrs Rosemary […]