Primitive or mature religion?

In February 2007 the General Synod debated a Private Member’s Motion from the Revd Mary Gilbert on Lesbian and Gay Christians. Mary’s motion was significantly amended by the House of Bishops and it was the amended version that was passed by the Synod: That this Synod: (a) commend continuing efforts to prevent the diversity of […]

Homophobia in the Anglican Communion – a response – part 1

St Mark's Battersea Rise: preparing for GAFCON event

Changing Attitude has received a response to Rev. Colin Coward’s article on homophobia which we think is significant enough to publish in full. The author – Peter Chater – has told us, ‘Whatever our disagreements about scripture, it is our response to it and the way we treat others that marks us out as homophobic or […]

Homophobia in the Anglican Communion – a response – part 2

St Mark's Battersea Rise, exterior

This article is Part 2 of 2 of a guest piece by Peter Chater. Part 1, which gives background to the following article and contains an introduction by Changing Attitude, is available here. I too avoided the word ‘homophobia’, for many years, out of respect for others, because it can be used as an insult, […]

Time to bless lesbian and gay relationships in church

The right wing conservative Christian narrative would claim that they, traditional, orthodox, Bible-believing Christians, are being persecuted and marginalized because of the demands made by “homosexual activists” in Western nations. This at least is the claim of an American article published by Way of Life Literature, Inc. titled What Rights Will Others Lose When Homosexuals […]

Identifying the danger to the health, well-being and safety of LGBTI people

Core Issues Trust, Anglican Mainstream and Christian Concern have organised another day conference to which I have been warmly invited. The conference on Friday, 13 June 2014 from 10:30 to 17:00 at Emmanuel Conference Centre, Marsham Street, Westminster is titled “Debunking the myths: Same-sex attraction, science and the gospel”. The Conference has three goals: 1. […]

Setting Love in Order conference, January 16 2014

The ‘Setting Love in Order’ conference was organised by Core Issues Trust, Christian Concern and Christian Legal Centre. The subtitle was ‘Protecting the freedoms to believe, to exist and to change when homosexual feelings are unwanted. The conference took place in the context of the Counsellors and Psychotherapists (Regulation) Bill presented to Parliament by Geraint […]

Anglican Mainstream’s homophobia

Anglican Mainstream has issued a statement criticizing the Church of England for working with Stonewall to target homophobic bullying in Church Schools. The statement is a prime example of the homophobia that is institutionally present in the Church of England. Homophobia is personal or institutional prejudice against lesbian, gay and bisexual people rooted in a […]

Homophobia

Colin Coward had a letter published in last Friday’s Church of England Newspaper in response to an earlier letter from Andrew Symes, the new Executive Secretary of Anglican Mainstream. Andrew provided the opportunity for Changing Attitude to state clearly that any doctrine or teaching of the Church which allows or encourages prejudiced (let alone abusive, violent […]

Homosexuality is tearing fabric of Anglican union, claims Archbishop Ntagali of Uganda

Archbishop Stanley Ntagali of Uganda

The Primate of the Church of Uganda, Archbishop Stanley Ntagali, has attacked the Episcopal Church in America on the tenth anniversary of the election of Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire. Archbishop Ntagali said the unbiblical decision has torn the fabric of the Anglican Communion at its deepest level. The Archbishop was referring to the […]

Dreams and challenges we all (and especially the House of Bishops) have to face

Following the House of Lords debate on the Marriage (same sex couples bill) when Lord Dear’s motion was decisively defeated, dates have been announced for the committee stage – Monday 17th, Wednesday 19th, and Monday 24th June. A number of amendments have been tabled, some by members of the House of Bishops. If I was […]