Church of England’s attitude to civil partnerships and same-sex marriage

The Church of England media centre has published a statement by the Rt Rev Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester on the publication of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill. The full statement can be read here. In the course of the statement, Bishop Tim says he welcomes the opportunity that civil partnerships have given to […]

Ten and a half months to go before Pilling reports

One question is dominating 2013 for Changing Attitude England – what will Sir Joseph Pilling’s review group recommend in their report to the House of Bishops’ meeting in December and what decisions will the House of Bishops then announce. There are now ten and a half months before they need to resolve their differences and […]

The Church of England’s Autumn Revolution

It is nearly two years ago since the first manifestation of the Arab Spring was marked by demonstrations following a self-immolation in Tunisia on 18 December 2010. A revolutionary wave of demonstrations, protests, civil uprisings and wars erupted across the Arab world. I speculated with friends as to whether or when a similar revolution might […]

Equal marriage could be approved in the New Year

Changing Attitude understands that following the consultation process, the Government’s proposals for equal marriage will be published in 7 to 10 days time. The Government received 228,000 responses to its consultation on equal marriage – more than any other issue under the Coalition. The Daily Mail, Telegraph and Guardian are now reporting that plans to […]

Things are not always what they seem

I was in almost unbroken conversation with people at Synod in York for 9 hours yesterday. I learnt a great deal which has shed light on the culture of the Church of England and on the review process taking place into human sexuality. People spoke at great length in confidence, trusting that I would respect […]

Retired Archbishop Lord Carey launches campaign against same-sex marriage

Coalition for Marriage has today launched a petition in support of “the legal definition of marriage which is the voluntary union for life of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others. I oppose any attempt to redefine it.” In a recent Daily Mail article, Lord Carey claimed the proposal to change the status […]

Bless civil partnerships in church petition signed by over 1,300 people

The Changing Attitude petition to the House of Bishops and General Synod asking the Church to allow the growing number of clergy who want to bless civil partnerships in church the freedom to do so has now been signed by over 1,300 people. The petition asks General Synod to allow churches wishing to register civil […]

Conservative Christian Fellowship founder converted to gay marriage

There are three Changing trustees present at Synod this week, one of them, Sister Rosemary, a member of Synod, plus me. There are also members of Inclusive Church. The Changing Attitude petition hit the 1,000 mark Synod yesterday evening. Even if 10,000 signed, I can tell from conversations here yesterday afternoon that it would take […]

Pete Broadbent predicts Synod will be talking about gay marriage in the tea room this week

The Radio 4 Sunday programme featured an interview this morning about the letter from 120 London clergy to the Times about civil partnerships and the Bishop of Salisbury’s interview in the Times headlined ‘I now support gay marriage’. Edward Stourton interviewed the Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam and Bishop of Willesden, Peter Broadbent. The interview begins […]

Changing Attitude launches petition to allow priests to bless civil partnerships in church

Changing Attitude has today launched a petition to persuade the Church of England House of Bishops and General Synod to permit civil partnerships in church. We are asking General Synod to allow churches to register civil partnerships and the House of Bishops to give clergy the freedom to register civil partnerships followed by a service […]