Sowing gender confusion

confused-300x199×199-75×50.jpg 75w” sizes=”(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px” /> It’s not listed as one of their principal ‘concerns’, but, according to this article Christian Concern is involved ‘with four separate cases of parents challenging decisions taken by schools and social workers, to let children transition to the opposite gender to which they were born.’ One of […]

‘There are many rooms’: faith, human rights & LGBTI+ persons.

wilton-park-and-flag×300.jpg 225w,×75.jpg 56w” sizes=”(max-width: 240px) 100vw, 240px” /> Opportunities and challenges: the intersection of faith and human rights of LGBTI+ persons. Wilton Park, September 7-9, 2016. I was privileged to participate in this international event, held at the Sussex stately home Wiston House, which is the principal location of Wilton Park. An executive agency […]

Press release – Changing Attitude England welcomes Bishop Nick Chamberlain’s openness

Changing Attitude England Press release – for immediate use 03 September 2016 Changing Attitude England welcomes Bishop Nick Chamberlain’s openness The trustees and supporters of Changing Attitude England welcome the news that Nick Chamberlain, the Bishop of Grantham, has spoken openly and honestly about being a gay man in a long term relationship. We also […]

There are no secrets – on trying not to stare into the darkness

sign in darkness×51.jpg 75w” sizes=”(max-width: 188px) 100vw, 188px” /> ‘There are no secrets’ is the title of director Peter Brook’s 1993 ‘Thoughts on Acting and Theatre’ which I was reading on the way to this year’s Greenbelt Festival. The phrase is likely to remind members of the Church of England of the Collect for Purity, ‘Almighty God, […]

This is my body: hearing the theology of transgender Christians

This is my body published

Several years in the making, ‘the Sibyls’ book, which I’ve co-edited with my long-term collaborator, Michelle O’Brien, has just been published by Darton, Longman & Todd.×268.jpg 300w,×67.jpg 75w” sizes=”(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px” /> Its initial UK launch will be taking place at the Trans* & Faith Symposium at Warwick University on Thursday 5th […]

Richard Ashby’s reflections: Canterbury, Chichester & Rochester 27-29th Oct 2015

The shared (originally facilitated) conversations were one of the recommendations of the ‘Pilling Report’ on Human Sexuality published in November 2013. The Southeast contingent met at Ashburnham House, a Christian conference, study and retreat centre in East Sussex. Of the 40 or so present there should have been a 50/50 split between men and women. […]

Banning ‘Conversion’ Therapy

David Cameron appeared to promise before the last election that he would do something about the damaging practice of gay ‘conversion’ therapy, but the government is now backtracking on this , despite members of parliament (including Conservatives) stating time and again how damaging and wrong it is. What we need now is not more strong […]

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 […]

Dan Grayson: Reflections from the North West (2nd-4th Sept 2015)

NOTE: The Shared Conversations were governed by the St. Michael’s House Protocols. It is under these Protocols that this reflection is written, and so names and affiliations have been redacted to protect the innocent. ​Earlier this year, I received an invitation from the Bishop of Manchester to take part in the North West Regional Shared […]

“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 […]