Church of England evidence to Same Sex Marriage Bill committee

Yesterday the Right Rev. Graham James, the Bishop of Norwich, William Fittall, secretary-general of the General Synod of the Church of England and Alexander McGregor, deputy legal adviser to the General Synod and the Archbishops Council, gave evidence to the Public Bill Committee of the House of Commons. I have edited the Hansard report, rearranged […]

Church of England’s attitude to civil partnerships and same-sex marriage

The Church of England media centre has published a statement by the Rt Rev Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester on the publication of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill. The full statement can be read here. In the course of the statement, Bishop Tim says he welcomes the opportunity that civil partnerships have given to […]

Church of England and Church in Wales not told about same sex marriage ban

A front page story in today’s Guardian reports that the Church of England and the Church in Wales have expressed their “complete shock” at the government’s proposal to create a ‘quadruple lock’ which legally excludes them from being able to solemnize same-sex marriages in church. Both Churches claim they were not consulted over the introduction […]

November Revolution – Parliament asks the Church to resolve the women bishops debacle in a Kingdom direction

Changing Attitude is, of course, following with intense interest the continuing fall-out over the House of Laity’s failure to gain the required two-thirds majority in Synod. We follow with interest for three key reasons. The first and most important is that Changing Attitude is committed 100% to the full inclusion of women in the Church […]

November Revolution update – engaging with bishops and MPs

zpfile000×1010.jpg 605w, 1552w” sizes=”(max-width: 179px) 100vw, 179px” />Tina Beardsley and Keith Sharpe joined me in meeting Ben Bradshaw at Portcullis House yesterday to review the impact of the no vote on women bishops on potential progress towards the full inclusion of LGB&T people in the Church of England. Ben talked about Frank Field’s EDM […]

November Revolution update – women in the episcopate

I will write a second blog about the meeting two trustees and I had yesterday with Ben Bradshaw MP. Before I do, Ben asked if Changing Attitude would encourage our supporters to contact their MPs and encourage them to attend, speak and vote at the debate being held next Wednesday afternoon, 12 December, on an […]

Diocese of London clergy ask for civil partnerships in church

Changing Attitude banner at York General Synod 2011

A letter signed by 120 clergy in the Diocese of London asking the Church of England to allow priests to follow their individual conscience on whether to hold civil partnership ceremonies in their churches has been published by The Times. The letter says: “We, the undersigned, believe that on the issue of holding civil partnership […]

Successful Changing Attitude Consultation lays foundation for Civil Partnerships in Church Campaign

The cafe-environment conversation in Holy Trinity Smethwick

Changing Attitude held a Consultation in Holy Trinity Church, Smethwick on Saturday to develop our campaign for the Church of England to adopt permissive legislation to enable Civil Partnerships to be conducted and blessed in church. The Consultation took the form of a World Cafe event, with groups of 5 in conversation around tables in […]

The intolerable silence of the Church of England closet

Bisi Alimi speaking at the launch of Kaleidoscope

‘My task is to bear witness to the truth. For this I was born; for this I came into the world, and all who are not deaf to truth listen to my voice.’ John 18:38 Yesterday evening I attended the reception hosted by John Berkow, Speaker of the House of Commons, to launch Kaleidoscope International […]

Ben Bradshaw MP to speak at Civil Partnership Conference

CPinChurchNOW×831.jpg 605w, 631w” sizes=”(max-width: 218px) 100vw, 218px” /> Changing Attitude is delighted to announce that Ben Bradshaw, MP for Exeter since 1997, will give the keynote address at the Civil Partnerships in Church Conference in Holy Trinity church, Smethwick, Birmingham on 24 September 2011. Ben is a member of the Church of England and […]