Dreams and challenges we all (and especially the House of Bishops) have to face

Following the House of Lords debate on the Marriage (same sex couples bill) when Lord Dear’s motion was decisively defeated, dates have been announced for the committee stage – Monday 17th, Wednesday 19th, and Monday 24th June. A number of amendments have been tabled, some by members of the House of Bishops. If I was […]

Equal marriage, creation, evolution and the new paradigm

We, individual human beings, on different continents, in different cultures and in various communities of faith, are living with dramatically different paradigms, worldviews and attitudes towards the fundamentals of human life and behaviour. Religious and secular values look to be irreconcilable between so many parts of the human global community – Israel and Palestine, Islam […]

Progress of equal marriage bill deepens challenge to the Church

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill was given a third reading in the House of Commons yesterday by 366 to 161, a majority of 205. On the Conservative benches 133 voted against the bill compared with 126 Tory MPs who voted in favour. A majority of Conservative MPs and DUP MPs from Northern Ireland feel […]

The Phenomenon of Man and the eruption of equal marriage

I’m reading Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s The Phenomenon of Man at the moment. I’ve been meaning to read it for over 40 years and have finally got around to it! He wrote the book in 1947 but it was published posthumously after his death in 1955. Rome refused to allow him to publish. In the […]

Civil partnerships, the episcopate and the House of Bishops furore

I want to place as the foundation stone of this blog Jim Cotter’s Canticle for Christmas 3 based on John 1 from Out of the Silence to remind myself of the truth that convicts me as a follower of the way of Jesus the Christ. Light in darkness and truth in love is fundamental to my […]

Museveni preaches against homosexuality at Archbishop Ntagali’s enthronement in Uganda

The Rt. Rev. Stanley Ntagali was yesterday enthroned as the eighth Archbishop of the province of the Church of Uganda. Archbishop Ntagali was sworn-in and handed the Provincial staff at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Namirembe, taking over from retiring Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi. Speaking at the ceremony, President Museveni asked clerics to utilise the pulpits to […]

The c4m petition – how Christian bullying and abuse achieves anti-gay goals

For some time I’ve been receiving reports from people attending churches where the Coalition for Marriage (c4m) petition has been circulated. They report having to make up excuses to avoid signing, such was the pressure being brought to almost force people to sign. Some escaped after church, others lied and said they signed online. I […]

Korea – homophobia, transphobia is violence

Korea

http://changingattitude.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Korea.jpg 400w” sizes=”(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px” />Today, May 17, is the day when the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from its list of mental diseases. It is also the International Day Against Homophobia. Today, LGBT people living in many countries around the world come out to the streets and rallies to convey the message that […]

Making space for an honest conversation: address by The Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury

Cutting Edge Consortium 21st April 2012: “Making space for an honest conversation” by The Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury In British society, the game is up. Gay people are equal members of our society. Civil Partnerships are now accepted, if not approved of, by the vast majority of people, including Christians. All the […]

Gay Teen Suicides: British Gay Christian Author Visiting Chicago Calls on Conservative Churches to Repent

PRESS RELEASE 3rd October 2011 Dr Keith Sharpe, Author of ‘The Gay Gospels’ said: ‘With the recent spate of LGBT teen suicides many are arguing that the patriarchal conservative churches have gay blood on their hands once again.  In the past the patriarchal churches did the killing directly.  To make clear its disapproval of homosexuals […]