Be not afraid, House of Bishops and the Church establishment

Holy God, teach us not to be afraid of anything you have created, however threatened or repelled we may be. Fill us with your Holy Spirit, the Spirit that makes us holy people who may then draw near to transform us whatever we may meet, the Spirit that finds it’s home in our flesh and […]

The Church of England is a body contaminated by unchallenged prejudice

Papers are reporting that Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, to become the next Archbishop of Canterbury has been the victim of “naked racism”. Is there naked racism in the Church of England? I also was to ask, is there homophobia in the Church of England? The naked racism comment comes from the Reverend […]

Crown Nominations Commission leak designed to sabotage the appointment of someone because they are gay

The Dean of St Albans, the Very Reverend Jeffrey John, has written a letter to the Guardian about the leak from the Crown Nominations Commission (CNC) in July 2010 that Jeffrey was a shortlisted candidate for the See of Southwark. The leak was clearly designed to sabotage the possibility of Jeffrey being appointed. There is […]

Dr Glynn Harrison’s views on homosexuality and his membership of the Crown Nominations Commission


Last week a Guardian reporter phoned me to consult me about Dr Glynn Harrison’s membership of the Crown Nominations Commission (CNC), the body that will select the next Archbishop of Canterbury (and appoints other diocesan bishops). The Guardian was concerned about Glynn Harrison’s CNC place because of his beliefs about gay people. An article in […]

Sabotage at the centre of the Crown Nominations Commission

Yesterday I speculated about how the story about Jeffrey John taking legal action arrived in the public domain and what the motive might have been for releasing confidential information. Someone deliberately revealed private information to the press and it wasn’t Jeffrey John. Is it likely to be the same person who was responsible for leaking […]

Dr Jeffrey John reported to be considering legal action against the church

The Very Revd Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans

The Sunday Times and Mail on Sunday report today that the Very Rev Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans, has instructed Alison Downie, partner and head of employment at London lawyers Goodman Derrick, to write to the Commission to suggest it risks breaching gay equality laws if it is blocking the dean over his homosexuality […]

The problem with (gay) bishops and the CNC

Colin Slee.jpg×378.jpg 605w, 620w” sizes=”(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px” />I want to revisit Colin Slee’s posthumously published memorandum about the Southwark CNC process in the light of the subsequently published paper Choosing Bishops – The Equality Act 2010 issued by the Legal Office at Church House and the conversations I had at General Synod in York. […]

Church to approve celibate gay bishops? Not yet, methinks

The newspaper headlines claiming the Church is to approve celibate gay bishops are inaccurate. I don’t think the Church of England has made any moves towards being able to appoint celibate priests who are gay as bishops. It is reinforcing the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy, inviting candidates, members of the Crown Nominations Commission, Archbishops and […]