The homophobia of the Church of England

Canon Jeremy Pemberton’s discrimination case against the Church of England before an employment tribunal continued today at Nottingham Justice Centre. The Rt Revd Richard Inwood, an honorary assistant bishop in the diocese of Southwell and Nottingham and acting bishop told the tribunal hearing that the marriage of Canon Jeremy Pemberton and Laurence Cunnington is sinful […]

Being gay, being a bishop and being out or in the closet

The Anglican persecution of LGBTI people Kelvin Holdsworth, the Provost of St Mary’s cathedral, Glasgow, was in conversation with Peter Tatchell on 20 July 2014. In the course of the conversation Kelvin asked Peter about outing gay bishops and wrote a blog about this part of the conversation which has received a lot of attention […]

Five decades as a gay youth and adult (and later, priest) in the C of E

I drafted this blog intending it to accompany a letter Changing Attitude will be sending to every bishop. That’s why it rehearses five decades of history, as a reminder to them of how the Church has changed around us. Having finished the document, it seem right to place it in the public domain now. My […]

We have a Gospel to proclaim!

“God is an intelligible space whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere. God is within all things, but not enclosed, outside all things, but not excluded, above all things but not aloof, below all things but not debased. God is supremely one and all-inclusive, God is therefore ‘all in all’” (1 Corinthians 15.28). […]

Extending marriage to same-sex couples might be redemptive, says Charlotte Methuen

Charlotte Methuen, a member of the Faith and Order Commission of the Church of England, the body responsible for publishing the Man and Woman in Marriage document, has written an article Marriage: one man and one woman? for Our Kingdom, the open democracy web site. Charlotte is a lecturer in Ecclesiastical history at the University […]

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 […]

Hypocrisy, Civil Partnerships, Discrimination and Gay Bishops

In Transcendent Vocation: Why gay clergy tolerate hypocrisy, Sarah Maxwell moves from naming hypocrisy in the Church and especially in the House of Bishops, exemplified in ‘Don’t ask, Don’t tell’ policy, to look at the Church of England’s attitude to civil partnerships. Civil partnerships Sarah’s research, based on interviews with ten straight clergy, twelve gay […]

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 […]