Wisdom about the place of same-sex loving people in the Church from the bishop of Gippsland, Australia

Bishop John McIntyre

I have just posted a news report of the presidential address given by Bishop John McIntyre to the 2012 Synod meeting of the Diocese of Gippsland, Australia, when he addressed same-sex attracted people in the diocese and same-sex marriage. My apologies to Changing Attitude Australia who reported the bishop’s address at the time (and have […]

Australian Christian Lobby attempting to curb free speech – clergy reject ACLs attack on ‘Sunrise’

Australian Marriage Equality

Advocates for marriage equality have accused the Australian Christian Lobby of attempting to curb free speech with a complaint to the Australian Communications and Media Authority against an edition of the Channel 7 Sunrise program that supports marriage equality to be broadcast tomorrow. Australian Marriage Equality national convener, Alex Greenwich, said: “Several newspapers including the […]

Diocese of Sydney Standing Committee motion on Gippsland ‘breach of trust’

The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Sydney has expressed ‘dismay’ at what it calls ‘a breach of fellowship and trust’ with the Bishop of Gippsland who has appointed a partnered gay man to a ministry position in his diocese. The appointment was announced earlier this year in the Gippsland diocesan newspaper. The resulting controversy […]

Tasmainians attend pro-equality vigil and gay man wins “excellent marriage” video competition

Tasmainian equal marriage vigil

Two hundred fifty people attended a marriage equality protest vigil in Hobart. Those attending the vigil held placards and banners declaring “EQUALLY EXCELLENT, handed out flyers and chanted “same sex, same rights, marriage equality now.” The vigil was held outside a national anti-marriage equality rally entitled “Excellent Marriage” which was addressed by evangelical pastor and […]

Bishop John McIntyre of Gippsland, Australia addresses gay and lesbian issues

Bishop John McIntyre

Two excerpts from Bishop John McIntyre’s  annual presidential address to the 2012 Synod meeting of the Diocese of Gippsland, Australia On same-sex attraction: “In the life of our diocese, we rather belatedly committed to a listening process to hear the stories of gay and lesbian people, and to reflect on how seriously we take the commendation […]

Australian Church leader forced out of ministry for going public on marraige equality

Matt Glover, a respected and passionate suburban Melbourne Baptist Pastor and family man has been made to leave the Christian ministry he’s been developing for over 10 years. This is response to openly disagreeing with the Church hierarchy about his belief in marriage equality for same sex couples. This move has shocked many of his […]

Australian Christian school accused of sickening bigotry

Children in an Australia Christian school have been asked whether homosexuality is “the sickest sin” in a school assignment. The homework given to 14 and 15-year-olds at Armadale Christian College, also points them to bible quotes describing homosexuality as an “abomination”, and describes “coming out of the closet” as “open sinning”. Inquiries by The Australian […]

Australia maintains ban on allowing same-sex couples to marry abroad

The Australian ban on issuing documentation to allow same-sex couples to marry overseas remains in force, despite a positive recommendation from the Senate in 2009. Speaking to the Australian newspaper Star Observer, the national convener for Australian Marriage Equality (AME) Alex Greenwich said the ban was “mean spirited” and that pro-marriage equality advocates would be […]

Changing Attitude Australia announces launch meeting; developments in Kenya and Nigeria

For immediate release The international network of Changing Attitude national groups will expand later this month when the launch meeting of Changing Attitude Australia takes place. The first meeting of the new group is being held on Sunday 25 June 2006 from 3pm to 5pm at St John’s, Bentleigh, Melbourne. The speaker at the launch […]

Australian book criticises Windsor report as deeply flawed

Church Times The penultimate draft of a soon-to-be-published book, The Faith Once For all Delivered, edited by Peter G. Bolt, Mark D. Thompson and Robert Tong, has been distributed to the Primates before their meeting in the form of a paragraph-by-paragraph commentary on the Windsor report, and a collection of brief essays, one of which […]