Christina Beardsley

The Revd Dr Christina (Tina) Beardsley grew up in West Yorkshire and was educated at Sussex University, where she read Religious Studies; St John’s College, Cambridge, where she was a research student; Westcott House, where she trained for ordination, and Leeds University where she studied healthcare chaplaincy. She has worked for over three decades in pastoral ministry in the Church of England. In 2000, Tina co-founded the Clare Project, a transgender support group in Brighton & Hove. Tina is the author of The Transsexual Person Is My Neighbour: Pastoral Guidelines for Christian Clergy, Pastors And Congregations, published by the Gender Trust. Changing Attitude, England's first transgender Trustee, Tina served on the Board from 2006-2013. Co-lead of the Sibyls workshop on ‘gender, sexuality and spirituality’, and author of the biography, Unutterable Love: The Passionate Life and Preaching of F.W. Robertson. she is currently co-editing a book about transgender people's theology.

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 […]

Welcoming transgender people and responding to their needs for prayer

TransEpiscopal TransEpiscopal Blog achieved great success at the 2012 General Convention of the Episcopal Church in the United States. Three transgender non-discrimination resolutions were debated and approved by the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies. It was a significant breakthrough, and at the 2015 General Convention the TransEpiscopal delegation hope to present a resolution […]

When Andrew met Sally – a reply to Andrew Symes

In a fictional piece at Anglican Mainstream, Andrew Symes asks the rhetorical question “’Changing Attitudes’ – why not changing desires?” http://anglicanmainstream.org/changing-attitudes-why-not-changing-desires/ His story concerns Sally, a married Christian woman with a history of attraction to both men and women, who finds herself attracted to a woman at work: ‘something that she knew was adulterous, immoral […]

Wearing purple: what I said to the CofE College of Bishops’ Meeting September 2014

Me dressed in purple (with Meg)

On the evening of Monday 15th September 2014 I joined three other panellists at a meeting of the Church of England College of Bishops. This was day one of the College’s Facilitated or Shared Conversation on Human Sexuality. We had been invited because we identify as Christian and LGB or T (or same-sex attracted). We […]

The Revd Carol Stone 1954-2014

Revd Carol Stone

I was so sorry to hear about the death of the Revd Carol Stone of pancreatic cancer at the shockingly early age of 60. Carol and I were theological students together at Westcott House, Cambridge from 1976 to 1978 and also transitioned within a year of each other: Carol in 2000; me in 2001. It […]

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 […]

‘One of gayest churches in Christendom’?

I think the phrase was the late Monica Furlong’s in a Church Times article where she lamented the fact that the Church of England was tearing itself apart yet again over homosexuality. There she argued, (if I remember rightly), that this was a particular tragedy, given that the Church of England was, in her opinion, […]

Unadulterated Love and the UK Intersex association

It was intended as a ‘heart’ rather than a ‘head’ day – a celebration that would nourish the soul: and it did that richly, profoundly. Linked together by John Pfumojena’s extraordinary singing, the addresses, the workshops, the networking over food, and the final free-flowing eucharist carried people on a wave of positive energy and an […]