Church of England refuses to bless gay relationships – another nail in the coffin

Bishop of Coventry, Rt Revd Christopher Cocksworth

  The Church of England’s Faith and Order Commission has published a new report – Men and Women in Marriage. The Bishop of Coventry Dr Christopher Cocksworth, Chair of the Commission said yesterday, “…the document is clear that public forms of blessing belong to marriage alone.” So that’s it, the Church has spoken, faithfully covenanted […]

Prejudice in the Church and why gay clergy tolerate hypocrisy

Yesterday I wrote about some of the parallels between the experience of women and LGB&T people in the Church of England having read Maggi Dawn’s recently published book Like the Wideness of the Sea: Women bishops and the Church of England. Maggi identifies flourishing as a quality obviously desired by God for humankind. It is […]

Systemic abuse – the reality now confronting the Church

I think the major Christian denominations are being let off far too lightly so far in the scrutiny they are being subjected to by the media. I think the Roman Catholic Church is riven systemically with forms of power and control, theologies, traditions, expectations, and institutionalised assumptions about which there is very little self-reflexion. The […]

CA accuses Church House of misrepresentation in the C of E statement on Equal Marriage

Changing Attitude England Press release Correspondence between William Fittall, Secretary General of the General Synod and Colin Coward, Director of Changing Attitude England 14 June 2012 Dear Colin I entirely understand why you want to be critical of the submission that the Archbishops sent the Home Secretary on same sex marriage but am a bit […]

The c4m petition – how Christian bullying and abuse achieves anti-gay goals

For some time I’ve been receiving reports from people attending churches where the Coalition for Marriage (c4m) petition has been circulated. They report having to make up excuses to avoid signing, such was the pressure being brought to almost force people to sign. Some escaped after church, others lied and said they signed online. I […]

Be not afraid, House of Bishops and the Church establishment

Holy God, teach us not to be afraid of anything you have created, however threatened or repelled we may be. Fill us with your Holy Spirit, the Spirit that makes us holy people who may then draw near to transform us whatever we may meet, the Spirit that finds it’s home in our flesh and […]

Sabotage at the centre of the Crown Nominations Commission

Yesterday I speculated about how the story about Jeffrey John taking legal action arrived in the public domain and what the motive might have been for releasing confidential information. Someone deliberately revealed private information to the press and it wasn’t Jeffrey John. Is it likely to be the same person who was responsible for leaking […]

Changing Attitude’s passionately held convictions

I’m grateful to Andrew Brown of the Guardian for alerting me to the subtlety of language in the legal opinion on civil partnerships. The note on the Equality Act was issued to General Synod members by William Fittall, Secretary General. It was prepared by the Legal Office in connection with episcopal appointments for members of […]

Time to challenge the powers that be and transform the culture of the House of Bishops

I’ve spent Saturday at the Convent of the Holy Name in Derby at a meeting of Changing Attitude trustees where we spent much of the time discussing our campaign to persuade the Church of England to allow civil partnerships in church. The trustees are committed to a campaign to persuade General Synod (the only body […]

Keeping it all in the family

Minnie Benson aged 73

Naughtily I had thought of heading this post ‘Archbishop of Canterbury’s gay wife and children’. I’m sure many would have read it then, thinking that Changing Attitude had reversed its policy and started to do some ‘outing’. But the gay wife and children I’m referring to are those of Archbishop Edward White Benson (1829-1896) and […]