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 […]

Time to bless lesbian and gay relationships in church

The right wing conservative Christian narrative would claim that they, traditional, orthodox, Bible-believing Christians, are being persecuted and marginalized because of the demands made by “homosexual activists” in Western nations. This at least is the claim of an American article published by Way of Life Literature, Inc. titled What Rights Will Others Lose When Homosexuals […]

Time for LGBTI clergy to join a union

Following the publication of the House of Bishops Pastoral Guidance bishops are beginning to ask to meet lesbian and gay clergy in their dioceses. The circumstances vary. One bishop has asked clergy known to be in a civil partnership to a meeting. Others have asked to meet clergy who had informed the bishop of their […]

Thailand: Draft Legislation on Civil Partnerships for Same-Sex Couples

The Thai government plans to introduce landmark legislation on civil partnerships that would extend most marriage protections, rights, and benefits to same-sex couples. If approved by the Thai Parliament, it would be the first civil partnership law to be adopted in Southeast Asia. Under the proposed law, drafted by a committee appointed by the Parliament, […]

Gay Church of Ireland minister attacks hypocrisy on inclusion

A Church of Ireland minister who has a same-sex partner has accused the Archbishop of Dublin and Glendalough of “cherry-picking” which issues of inclusion he supports. Tom Gordon, the dean of Leighlin, who entered into a civil partnership two years ago, was responding to Archbishop Michael Jackson’s criticism of “sectarianism” and exclusionary behaviour within the […]

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 […]

Anglican Church of Southern Africa considers Pastoral Response to Civil Unions

The Anglican Church of Southern Africa (a province which encompasses Angola, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and the island of St Helena) issued this press release on Friday: The Anglican Church of Southern Africa has urged its bishops to provide guidelines for giving pastoral care to same-sex couples who have entered civil unions under […]

Will Pilling and the House of Bishops engage with the full spectrum of experience?

Theology “must engage with our affective side, the emotions and feelings that arise from the experiences of exclusion and discrimination.” This statement comes from a review of a new book, Black Theology, in last Friday’s Church Times by Jesse Zink, Assistant Chaplain at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. The book’s author, Anthony Reddie, claims that black theology […]

The crisis for the C of E will only intensify

The Church of England is in crisis. In an article for the Observer yesterday Robert McCrum argued that its position on women bishops and gay marriage has alienated much of society. The failure to secure a two thirds majority in the House of Laity for women in the episcopate last November heightened the crisis which […]

Lord Ali makes the Bishop of Hereford an unwelcome offer

There is a madness that attends the work of the Director of Changing Attitude. I force myself to read extensive sections of Hansard from time to time, when relevant to the work of CA. This is a task for which I am not congenitally suited. If you want to read about Lord Ali’s offer, scroll […]