Does Jesus really love me?

  I’ve just finished reading this book by Jeff Chu, subtitled ‘A gay Christian’s pilgrimage in search of God in America’. In his search to answer his question Jeff set out on a journey across America to meet a whole range of people and visit churches from MCC LA to Westboro Baptist. Thanks to his […]

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 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 […]

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 […]