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 […]

Peter Mullen derides equality for LGBTI people as ‘moral squalor’

Peter Mullen has written an article about the sinfulness of LGBTI people in this week’s Church of England Newspaper, outraged that the Church is spending £360,000 “on meetings in country houses to talk about sex.” Mullen derides the facilitated conversations as “country house shenanigans.” He dismisses the invitation to participants to share intimate details of […]

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 […]

The Solace of Fierce Landscapes

As the trustees of Changing Attitude England know and as will be obvious to many members of Changing Attitude’s Facebook group, as I near retirement as Director of CA England, I am not heading into “retirement” but being drawn by an inner spirit into a new focus on silence, contemplative depth, and the apophatic Christian […]

Living silence in the context of noise-inducing appointments

The Anglican Communion and the Church of England have created more disturbance and noise in recent weeks, the Communion by appointing the Nigerian bishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon as General Secretary of the Anglican Communion and the Church of England this week by appointing Prebendary Rod Thomas as bishop of Maidstone to minster to conservative evangelicals committed […]

Living Reconciliation: Nothing about us without us

I’ve begun to read Living Reconciliation, written by Canon Phil Groves, Director of the Continuing Indaba project for the Anglican Communion and Angharad Parry Jones, who was the Communication and Resource Manager for the project. The book has a Foreword written by the Archbishop of Canterbury: Reconciliation is the heart of the gospel. The book […]

Women bishops – finally

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Homophobic bullying in church schools and demeaning language

The Bishop of Oxford, John Pritchard, chair of the Board of Education, replied to questions about homophobic bullying in school on Friday evening at Synod. I don’t do shorthand so I was only able to make brief notes of his replies, of the supplementary questions that were asked and of his further reply. Mrs Rosemary […]

Same sex marriage guidance for clergy

Guidance to Church of England clergy in dealing with issues arising from the document: House of Bishops Pastoral Guidance on Same Marriage of 15 February 2014 The relevant section of the Pastoral Guidance reads (boldface in original): 27. The House is not, therefore, willing for those who are in a same sex marriage to be […]

The House of Bishops is creating its own crisis

Several conversations over the past few days plus the BBC R4 Sunday programme interview with Bishop Alan Wilson and Andrew Foreshew-Cain have shed a little light on the mess we LGBTI people in the Church of England are having to endure. It is clear that the House of Bishops painted themselves into a rather extraordinary […]