Julie Withers: Reflections from the North West (2nd – 4th Sept 2015)

I’m not sure what I expected but nothing could have prepared me for the Shared Conversations held in Cheshire between 2nd – 4th September.  The conversations and this reflection are governed by the St Michael’s Protocol so that no names or affiliations are provided. The joining information showed that we would have a tight and […]

“You have some queer friends, Dorothy”, she said. “The queerness doesn’t matter, so long as they’re friends,” was the answer -L. Frank Baum

Since I announced the dilemma I found myself in, following a meeting with the Archbishop of York, who presented me with the choice, of either continuing in ministry as a Reader, or commuting my Civil Partnership to marriage and have my PTO (Permission To Officiate) withdrawn, I have been overwhelmed by loving support and prayers […]

What is the Bread of Life?

Those of us who are Anglican have heard a series of readings about the bread of life from John chapter 6 in church over the past few Sundays. The readings begin with the fish and loaves miracle and end with Jesus claiming to be the bread of life, and claiming that people who eat his […]

Another P.T.O. revoked…


What an intriguing dynamic, that as I begin to pick up the reins as Coordinator of CA that I should find myself placed in an impossible situation by the Church of England. I am a Reader, working, with a PTO issued by the Archbishop of York, in the Howden Team Ministry. This is a busy […]

Everyone Counts 2014 diversity audit excludes sexual orientation

Time for the Church to appoint an adviser and create a Committee for LGBTI Concerns Everyone Counts is a diversity audit based in a congregational survey carried out in autumn 2014 in a sample of Church of England parishes. There was a particular focus on ethnicity, disability and locality but not on sexual orientation. In […]

Peter Mullen derides equality for LGBTI people as ‘moral squalor’

Peter Mullen has written an article about the sinfulness of LGBTI people in this week’s Church of England Newspaper, outraged that the Church is spending £360,000 “on meetings in country houses to talk about sex.” Mullen derides the facilitated conversations as “country house shenanigans.” He dismisses the invitation to participants to share intimate details of […]

Tess Lowe: Reflections on the first Shared Conversations (South West 27th – 29th April 2015) from the Trans perspective

Back in late April I was one of the participants of the first round of Shared Conversations for the South West region. Two excellent reports on those discussions by Rose Grigg and Erika Baker are already published on the CA website, and my experience largely mirrored theirs. Nevertheless I may have been the only trans […]

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 […]