Colin Coward

Participating in the Shared Conversations

Many people have asked Changing Attitude England for advice about participating in the Shared Conversations, wanting to know whether they would be safe and whether CA would advise people to take part. We promised to respond following Tuesday’s meeting between the LGBTI Anglican Coalition and David Porter, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Director of Reconciliation. David […]

Building on the foundation of Jesus Christ himself and the love that will not let us go

Reading the 3rd chapter of St Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians this morning, I was motivated to add to yesterday’s blog on chapter 2. I want to start with the final verses and move backwards through the chapter. So, says Paul in verse 19, “. . . the wisdom of this world is folly […]

St Paul proclaims the experience of LGBTI Christians

I am writing a book. It’s about my experience of faith and the experience of Changing Attitude England. It’s about the experience of God’s infinite, unconditional love for creation and humankind revealed in the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. It is about personal experience, intellectual and emotional. It is rooted in Scripture. And as […]

Making women bishops in Kenya, the impact on GAFCON and implications for human sexuality divisions

Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, Archbishop of Kenya with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby

The Star newspaper, Kenya, carried an article on 30 December 2014 by Canon Francis Omondi, a priest in the Anglican Church of Kenya. Canon Omondi writes in the context of the recent appointment of the Rev Libby Lane as Bishop Suffragan of Stockport, the first ever woman bishop in the Church of England. He says […]

Living Reconciliation: Nothing about us without us

I’ve begun to read Living Reconciliation, written by Canon Phil Groves, Director of the Continuing Indaba project for the Anglican Communion and Angharad Parry Jones, who was the Communication and Resource Manager for the project. The book has a Foreword written by the Archbishop of Canterbury: Reconciliation is the heart of the gospel. The book […]

When LGBTI Anglican voices achieve unprecedented power

Rebecca Solnit wrote in The Guardian, Tuesday 30 December, about the unprecedented power women’s voices assumed in 2014. She asked why the issue of violence against women has finally come to the fore. Why has something that’s long been tolerated become intolerable – or rather, why are the people for whom it’s intolerable finally part […]

The year we began to marry

The year twenty-fourteen saw a slow but further transformation of people’s attitudes towards Church of England teaching about homosexuality. Some individuals and couples have become more fearless, putting their faith in God and their love for their partner above the unloving, fearful teaching and dogma of the Church. People are rejecting the authority of bishops […]

Progress report from the LGBTI Anglican Coalition on the Shared Conversations

Simon Sarmiento and Keith Sharpe, the Co-chairs of the LGBTI Anglican Coalition, briefed members of the LGBTI Anglican Coalition at a meeting in London on December 13, 2014 about the Mutual Conversations in the absence of David Porter who had to cancel at the last minute owing to a family bereavement. Keith outlined the history […]

Church of England lesbian and gay clergy convert CPs to marriage from today

From today, many members of the Church of England, lay and ordained, will convert their civil partnership to marriage. Canon Jeremy Pemberton and Fr Andrew Foreshew-Cain will no longer be the only married gay priests in the Church of England – numbers of lesbian and gay clergy are known to be converting. The House of […]

Chaperoned by dachshunds – is this the secret of survival for LGBTI people in the church?

Last Friday’s Church Times Books for Christmas supplement features an interview with Richard Coles about his autobiography by the Revd Dr Hugh Rayment-Pickard. The interview is revealing. Hugh describes the autobiography as an unvarnished summary of Coles’ sexual history up to the point where he started ordination training. He wonders whether Richard’s openness about his […]