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 […]

Prayer in support of the Equal Marriage Bill

Many Anglicans, gay and straight, catholic, middle of the road and evangelical, support equal marriage. Changing Attitude England has joined the members of the LGB&T Anglican Coalition to offer prayerful support for the House of Lords as they prepare to debate the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill on Monday 3 June. This is a decisive […]

The closed world of the House of Bishops

I want to begin with a caveat. I think the House of Bishops as a body within the structures of the Church of England shows itself to be a closed system, defending the status quo. It is a body unwilling or unable to be open to an awareness of God, the infinite, loving, energised, indwelling, […]

The defensive attitude of the Lords Spiritual to Equal Marriage

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will receive its Second Reading in the House of Lords next Monday, 3 June. Lord Dear, a crossbencher and former HM Chief Inspector of Police, is expected to lead the opposition to the Bill in the House of Lords on a motion tabled by him. He told The Times that he […]

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 […]

The Bishop of Leicester’s shockingly inaccurate statement to the House of Lords

A comment was posted on the Thinking Anglican thread about your statement, Bishop Tim. The person wrote: “The bishop stands up in the House of Lords and he lies. At least three lies. So, what is the point of granting seats in the House of Lords to bishops? Certainly not for their wisdom or moral […]

The Bishop of Leicester speaks passionately in a Lords’ debate about the “Treatment of Homosexual Men and Women in the Developing World”

The Rt Revd Timothy Stevens, Bishop of Leicester, speaking in the House of Lords

The House of Lords held a debate on Thursday 25 October on a question posed by Lord Lexden. He asked  Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the treatment of homosexual men and women in the developing world. Changing Attitude’s interest in the debate is twofold. Firstly, members of our groups in Nigeria […]