Archbishop of Canterbury’s response to Church of Nigeria reveals diverse attitudes to homosexuality

In April, Archbishop Josiah Odowu-Fearon was appointed as the new Secretary-General at the Anglican Communion Office. Yesterday, 26 June, the Archbishop of Canterbury published a response to a Church of Nigeria statement concerning Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon’s appointment which had been published on 30 April 2015. The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) statement reminded readers that the […]

Stark choices face the Primates and Bishops of the Anglican Communion in 2014

As a poisoned Christmas present to the people of Uganda, the Ugandan parliament, at a non-quorate session, passed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in the week before Christmas. Its legal legitimacy has been questioned. The bill now goes to President Yoweri Museveni to be signed into law. Museveni has said he will review the Bill carefully before deciding […]

Retired Archbishop Peter Akinola urges support for Nigerian anti-gay marriage bill

Archbishop Peter Akinola, the retired Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), has endorsed the anti-same gender marriage bill which would impose criminal penalties on same-sex unions and LGBT organisations and gatherings. Joseph Okoghenum writes in the Nigeria Guardian: In what seems to be mounting support for the passage of anti-Same-Sex Marriage Bill by […]

Time to challenge the powers that be and transform the culture of the House of Bishops

I’ve spent Saturday at the Convent of the Holy Name in Derby at a meeting of Changing Attitude trustees where we spent much of the time discussing our campaign to persuade the Church of England to allow civil partnerships in church. The trustees are committed to a campaign to persuade General Synod (the only body […]

Anglicans meeting in Africa still in denial about the reality of lesbian and gay people in their churches

Canon Chris Sugden of Anglican Mainstream is reporting from the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) Divine Commonwealth Conference being held in the National Christian Centre in Abuja, attended by 5000 members of the Church. Archbishop Nicholas Okoh says that the conference is neither an Episcopal Synod, Clergy Conference, nor a gathering only of Anglicans or […]

Changing Attitude Nigeria will campaign against the prohibition marriage between persons of the same sex bill

Changing Attitude Nigeria Press Release Changing Attitude Nigeria (CAN) deplores the introduction of “A bill for an act to prohibition marriage between persons of same sex, solemnisation of same and for other matters related therewith” in the Nigerian Parliament. The Bill will have an immediate negative effect, raising prejudice against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender […]

Church of Nigeria issues creative communiqué but stuck on homosexuality

The Church of Nigeria has issued a communiqué from the National Consultation on Human Rights which was convened by the Primate of All Nigeria The Most Revd. Nicholas D. Okoh in Abuja at the end of June. The communiqué has the potential to make a very positive and creative contribution towards change in Nigeria. I’m […]

Homosexuality: Nigeria’s Anglican Church calls for pull out from UN

Bishop, now Archbishop, Nicholas Okoh at the Primates' meeting in Tanzania in 2007, running away from Colin Coward, Davis Mac-Iyalla and members of the press

Panapress reports that the Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, called on Tuesday for the withdrawal of the country from the United Nations, accusing human rights activists of using the UN to win their global campaign for gay marriages. At a National Conference on Human Rights organized by the Nigerian […]

The Primate of All Nigeria talks about homosexuality

An interview with His Grace the Primate of All Nigeria (Anglican Communion) the Most Rev Nicholas Ocho on election matters and other contemporary issues has been published on the Church of Nigeria web site. The ‘other contemporary issue’ is inevitably homosexuality. QUESTION: HOMOSEXUALISM WHAT IS YOUR VIEW? RESPONSE: The fight against homosexual had been on for […]

Nigerians ask for freedom to worship in the UK

A group of Nigerian bishops including Nicholas Okoh, the Primate, visited the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace when in the UK in February. Their message to the Archbishop was the need to allow Nigerians to worship in “the Nigeria way” in abandoned Church buildings or to allow them a scheduled time in parish churches […]