A health report on the C of E following the York Synod

I’m travelling home from York with time to reflect on the General Synod meeting. I have enjoyed many very good conversations with bishops, clergy and lay Synod members, other exhibitors and Synod staff members. I know Synod isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but Synod always restores my Anglican family connections, if not my sense of […]

We have a Gospel to proclaim!

“God is an intelligible space whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere. God is within all things, but not enclosed, outside all things, but not excluded, above all things but not aloof, below all things but not debased. God is supremely one and all-inclusive, God is therefore ‘all in all’” (1 Corinthians 15.28). […]

Open our flesh, and we shall embody your presence

I think the Church has repeatedly mislaid the divine imperative revealed in the life and teaching, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the ministry of his apostle Paul. The early Church lost confidence in the energy released through the resurrection, absorbed by the need to respond with practical matters of survive and evolution. I […]

Is Justin Welby’s evangelical faith ready to transform the Church and the experience of LGB&T Christians?

I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the all-glorious Father, may confer on you the spiritual gifts of wisdom and vision, with the knowledge of him that they bring. I pray that your inward eyes may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope to which he calls you, […]

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 […]

Life in all its fullness (John 10.10)

Changing Attitude England has an expansive vision of Christianity. We, the Director and trustees and advisers, believe the Church, the body of Christ, the community called to proclaim and live into the Kingdom of God, is called to be radically inclusive, deeply spiritual and passionate in the quest for truth and justice in communities local […]

Occupying space

When I was young I tried to minimise my impact on the world around me. I was uncertain of my place in the world and working hard to minimise my sexual identity. Trying to be small, to be acceptable and to fit into the world around me as a gay man in the closet wasn’t […]

The bigger the front, the bigger the back

I’m reading The Examined Life: How we lose and find ourselves by Stephen Grosz at the moment. Stephen is a psychoanalyst; I was attracted by a review of his book in a recent Guardian Review. The book is a collection of stories about everyday lives drawn from the conversations in his consulting room with patients […]

Cranmer’s challenge to Changing Attitude

Cranmer has referred to Changing Attitude on his blog. “[H]e would like to have a mature chat with both Changing Attitude and Reform, and exhort both not to swing for each other via the broadcasting airwaves or print columns, but to reflect very carefully on the primacy of the mission of salvation to which we […]

Changing Attitude in 2013 – a life-giving vision

Retired Archbishop Rowan Williams – what a strange thought. Rowan, tutor from my Westcott days, was an easy friend before being appointed to Canterbury. My friendship with him wasn’t the only one to be changed following his elevation. I hope coming back down to earth restores the previously relaxed informality of friendship. In his New […]