Holding the bishops in love

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I’d like to make a suggestion. Changing Attitude is about to write to every member of the College of Bishops. The letter points out that they are part of a church in which everything has already changed for LGBTI people, even though we recognise that at the structural, institutional level, so much remains to be […]

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 […]

York General Synod – same sex marriage and the common good

I’ve been at General Synod in York for nearly 24 hours and this is the first space I’ve created to retreat to my room, check emails and news and post a comment. I’ve been in conversation for almost every waking moment since I arrived, except for sitting in the public gallery for questions yesterday evening. […]

Linda Woodhead – why the wider liberal Anglican decline?

Linda Woodhead, Professor of Sociology of Religion at Lancaster University, delivered the Inclusive Church 2014 lecture at All Saints Pavement, York, yesterday evening. Linda recently made a notable contribution to the Church Times ‘Church Health Check’ series. Linda’s lecture was excellent and provoked and a really good hour of stimulating and engaging questions. Inclusive Church […]

Time to revise or withdraw the Pastoral Guidance on equal marriage

The office of the Archbishop of York is sending a pro-forma email response to people who have emailed him about the revocation of Jeremy Pemberton’s PTO. The Archbishop says the decision of the Acting Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham’s decision to withhold a licence in relation to an NHS Chaplaincy post in the Diocese, is […]

Teilhard de Chardin, the zest for life, and human flourishing

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

For the past two weeks my attention has been focused on writing a response to the Shared Conversations paper prepared for General Synod, to the legal status of lesbian and gay clergy who marry, and the temptations of taking part in a Channel 4 programme. All this activity intrudes on my need for reflective space, […]