Everyone Counts 2014 diversity audit excludes sexual orientation

Time for the Church to appoint an adviser and create a Committee for LGBTI Concerns Everyone Counts is a diversity audit based in a congregational survey carried out in autumn 2014 in a sample of Church of England parishes. There was a particular focus on ethnicity, disability and locality but not on sexual orientation. In […]

The homophobia of the Church of England

Canon Jeremy Pemberton’s discrimination case against the Church of England before an employment tribunal continued today at Nottingham Justice Centre. The Rt Revd Richard Inwood, an honorary assistant bishop in the diocese of Southwell and Nottingham and acting bishop told the tribunal hearing that the marriage of Canon Jeremy Pemberton and Laurence Cunnington is sinful […]

The challenge to systemic prejudice against LGBTI people in the Church of England continues

The place of LGBTI people in church and society continues to be transformed at what feels like an ever-increasing and unstoppable pace. On Monday last week Baptist minister Tony Campolo, one of the most influential evangelical Christians in the US, called for full inclusion of gay couples into the life of the Church. Once a […]

The Solace of Fierce Landscapes

As the trustees of Changing Attitude England know and as will be obvious to many members of Changing Attitude’s Facebook group, as I near retirement as Director of CA England, I am not heading into “retirement” but being drawn by an inner spirit into a new focus on silence, contemplative depth, and the apophatic Christian […]

Church of England Evangelical Council Consultation on Scripture and Sexuality

I had received an invitation to take part if this Consultation some and had said yes. When I received a copy of Dr Martin Davie’s report Studies on the Bible and same-sex relationships since 2003 which was to form the basis of the Consultation, I withdrew my acceptance. Those who wish will be able to […]

The year we began to marry

The year twenty-fourteen saw a slow but further transformation of people’s attitudes towards Church of England teaching about homosexuality. Some individuals and couples have become more fearless, putting their faith in God and their love for their partner above the unloving, fearful teaching and dogma of the Church. People are rejecting the authority of bishops […]

Church of England lesbian and gay clergy convert CPs to marriage from today

From today, many members of the Church of England, lay and ordained, will convert their civil partnership to marriage. Canon Jeremy Pemberton and Fr Andrew Foreshew-Cain will no longer be the only married gay priests in the Church of England – numbers of lesbian and gay clergy are known to be converting. The House of […]

The core issue for the mutual conversations

In the course of yesterday’s Westminster Faith Debate on Diversity at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford, an idea crystalized for me. It is something I have been puzzling over for some years in the context of my conversations and friendship with Andrew Goddard. Andrew represents in my world those who share […]

Frustration and deep concern about vocations, ordinands, deacons and married clergy

I’ve returned home from General Synod deeply troubled by the extreme contrasts in the stories I’ve heard and the conversations I had on Monday and Tuesday. There have been good news stories, not least in crossing the final hurdle to enable the first women bishops to be appointed. I learnt that there are lesbian and […]