Everyone Counts 2014 diversity audit excludes sexual orientation

Time for the Church to appoint an adviser and create a Committee for LGBTI Concerns Everyone Counts is a diversity audit based in a congregational survey carried out in autumn 2014 in a sample of Church of England parishes. There was a particular focus on ethnicity, disability and locality but not on sexual orientation. In […]

Is Pilling going to recommend the blessing of gay relationships?

A conservative blogger claimed yesterday that he had confirmed from a number of sources what the Pilling Report is going to recommend. The final draft is ready and it will propose that the Church of England introduce some form of liturgy that will bless same-sex relationships. There is absolutely no doubt that this is what […]

The Church of England, fear of change, and the True Self

“Perhaps loss is the price we pay for being human, for being beautifully fragile. In order for us to be human, things must change, things will and must get lost; we have to lose them in order to have new life and new possibilities.” “In Jesus Christ, God embraces a human life and shows us […]

LGB&T lives become a public battle ground once again

Being a gay man, a gay Christian and a gay Christian activist feel very uncomfortable identities this morning. Yet again, matters affecting my identity and my freedom to be the person God has created me to be are being fought over in public in the most intense way. Many of the arguments against making a […]

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). […]

Men and Women in Marriage report and our dysfunctional, secretive, hypocritical Church

The Bishop of Bradford, the Rt Revd Nick Baines said at a deanery clergy meeting today that most bishops were completely unaware that the Men and Women in Marriage report was being released. He found out that the report had been issued from a message on Twitter. Bishop Nick said the House of Bishops, Church […]

Reactions to “Men and Women in Marriage”

There has been strong, hostile reaction to the Men and Women in Marriage report. For many it is the last straw. Gay and staright, lay and ordained, the number of people who have been hanging on to active involvement with their local Christian community but have been provoked by the report into abandoning their church […]

Not in our names

Joanna Moorhead, deputy editor of the Catholic Herald from 1988-1992 writes in today’s Guardian. The online version is headlined “The crimes of the Catholic church: not in our names.” In the course of the article she says: The last thing anyone would ask a bishop or cardinal about right now is prayer, or Christian witness, […]

The bigger the front, the bigger the back

I’m reading The Examined Life: How we lose and find ourselves by Stephen Grosz at the moment. Stephen is a psychoanalyst; I was attracted by a review of his book in a recent Guardian Review. The book is a collection of stories about everyday lives drawn from the conversations in his consulting room with patients […]

What is gay marriage?

I never imagined when I was in my teens and 20s and 30s and 40s that one day, parliament would be debating an equal marriage bill and almost certainly voting in favour. Radical reform of the place of LGB&T people in British society didn’t start until 1997 when I was 52. I had a dream […]