Claiming the Blessing Conference, Missouri, USA

From the 7th – 9th November nearly 200 advocates of a rite of same-sex blessing gathered at Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis Missouri, to develop a strategy in preparation for the next General Convention of the Episcopal Church in 2003. Claiming the Blessing is a collaboration between three groups – Integrity, Oasis and Beyond […]

Adoption right backed by Lords and tenancy ruling endorses gay rights

Adoption right for unmarried couples backed by Lords In the House of Lords on Tuesday 5th November 2002 peers voted by 215 to 184, a majority of 31 to allow unmarried and gay and lesbian couples to adopt children during an impassioned four-hour debate on the Adoption and Children Bill. In October, peers rejected the […]

Bishop of London outlines gay policy to Reform

The Times The Rt Rev Richard Chartres, the Bishop of London has been reported, according to the Sunday times, as warning his gay clergy to end homosexual relationships or face disciplinary action. He is said to have outlined the new policy at two recent meetings with conservative evangelical clergy in London Diocese. He told them […]

Gary Streeter, Conservative MP for South West Devon, calls for repeal of Section 28

Gary Streeter, Conservative MP for South West Devon and one of the leading forces on the Christian Conservative Fellowship, is backing moves to have Section 28 repealed. Mr Streeter said: that the clause had become “a totem of hatred and conflict”, and that it was time for it to go. “I’m happy for it to […]

Retiring Archbishop says conflict over homosexuality a threat to the stability of the Communion,

In interviews with journalists on his recent visit to Toronto, the outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr George Carey said the conflict over homosexuality was threatening to destabilise world Christianity. Dr Carey repeated a recent warning to the Anglican Church that liberal dioceses could cause schism and that deviation from the Lambeth resolution would have major […]

Gay Christian couple charged in Uganda

The New Vision Newspaper A gay couple, Ratan Singher 45, and Jimmy Okello appeared Friday 25 October 2002, before the Chief Magistrates Court in Jinja, East Uganda; on charges of having carnal knowledge of each other against the law of nature. Ratan and Roy both employees with Kengrow Industries in Jinja and members of Integrity […]

Vicars bless hundreds of gay couples a year

The Telegraph Vicars across Britain are defying the Church of England’s strict ban on blessings for gay couples by presiding over hundreds of such ceremonies every year. An edited version of the report by Chris Hastings, Fiona Govan and Susan Bissett in the Telegraph. The Telegraph investigates gay blessings An investigation by The Telegraph can […]

Gays and lesbians scapegoated in Brazilian Church

by Revd Mario Ribas Gays and lesbians are being used as scapegoats in the Brazilian in issues that are intrinsically about power. Holy Trinity Cathedral, Recife, withdraws from Episcopal Church The Dean and the 3,500 members congregation of the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Recife, in the Northeast of Brazil, have decided to withdraw themselves from […]

Gays and lesbians welcomed into South African church

Haru Mutasa of Grahamstown reports that gays and lesbians have been welcomed into the Anglican Church of South Africa. Resolution 39 of the Church of the Province of South Africa (CPSU) referring strictly to homosexuality and its acceptance by the Anglican church was unanimously passed in Bloemfontein on 26 September 2002 at the annual provincial […]