Colin Coward

Everyone Counts 2014 diversity audit excludes sexual orientation

Time for the Church to appoint an adviser and create a Committee for LGBTI Concerns Everyone Counts is a diversity audit based in a congregational survey carried out in autumn 2014 in a sample of Church of England parishes. There was a particular focus on ethnicity, disability and locality but not on sexual orientation. In […]

Peter Mullen derides equality for LGBTI people as ‘moral squalor’

Peter Mullen has written an article about the sinfulness of LGBTI people in this week’s Church of England Newspaper, outraged that the Church is spending £360,000 “on meetings in country houses to talk about sex.” Mullen derides the facilitated conversations as “country house shenanigans.” He dismisses the invitation to participants to share intimate details of […]

Archbishop of Canterbury’s response to Church of Nigeria reveals diverse attitudes to homosexuality

In April, Archbishop Josiah Odowu-Fearon was appointed as the new Secretary-General at the Anglican Communion Office. Yesterday, 26 June, the Archbishop of Canterbury published a response to a Church of Nigeria statement concerning Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon’s appointment which had been published on 30 April 2015. The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) statement reminded readers that the […]

The homophobia of the Church of England

Canon Jeremy Pemberton’s discrimination case against the Church of England before an employment tribunal continued today at Nottingham Justice Centre. The Rt Revd Richard Inwood, an honorary assistant bishop in the diocese of Southwell and Nottingham and acting bishop told the tribunal hearing that the marriage of Canon Jeremy Pemberton and Laurence Cunnington is sinful […]

The challenge to systemic prejudice against LGBTI people in the Church of England continues

The place of LGBTI people in church and society continues to be transformed at what feels like an ever-increasing and unstoppable pace. On Monday last week Baptist minister Tony Campolo, one of the most influential evangelical Christians in the US, called for full inclusion of gay couples into the life of the Church. Once a […]

The Solace of Fierce Landscapes

As the trustees of Changing Attitude England know and as will be obvious to many members of Changing Attitude’s Facebook group, as I near retirement as Director of CA England, I am not heading into “retirement” but being drawn by an inner spirit into a new focus on silence, contemplative depth, and the apophatic Christian […]

Living silence in the context of noise-inducing appointments

The Anglican Communion and the Church of England have created more disturbance and noise in recent weeks, the Communion by appointing the Nigerian bishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon as General Secretary of the Anglican Communion and the Church of England this week by appointing Prebendary Rod Thomas as bishop of Maidstone to minster to conservative evangelicals committed […]

The Glory has departed

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Ian Stubbs, a supporter of Changing Attitude England, posted the following article to the CA Facebook group. Ian says it has been adapted from another discussion group and is just to raise a few smiles. It certainly brought smiles of recognition to my face. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, collectively known as “God,” issued […]

It’s the energy, stupid!

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Saturday’s Guardian Review had an article about a book by Nick Lane – The Vital Question: Why is Life the Way It Is? The article’s title was It’s the energy, stupid! A game-changing book about the origins of life. I’ll come to the book in a moment. But first, I want to refer to the […]

True God and false idols

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Reading John 20.11-18 this morning, I concluded that Judaism and Islam are wise in not allowing images. Mary of Magdala wants to know who removed the body of Jesus and where this person has taken the body so that she can take it away herself and reinter it in a known place which can be […]