The Gospels of Conditional and Unconditional Love

I stayed in Cambridge last week with a gay priest friend who recommended Jeremy Young’s book The Cost of Certainty: How religious conviction betrays the human psyche (2004, DLT, ISBN 0232525803). My copy arrived yesterday and reading the first four pages has given me material for a timely blog. Young expresses succinctly the Gospel as […]

How will Changing Attitude judge the Pilling Report?

Yes, I know, until it is published and we know what it actually says, we can’t make a judgement on the Pilling Report’s content and recommendations. But we are already being told from numerous sources that its recommendation will be for very modest change and it will (deliberately) be written to satisfy neither ‘side’ If […]

Explain the theological and scriptural arguments for homosexuality being acceptable to God

This challenging question started a new thread recently on the Changing Attitude Facebook page. The person who asked the question said: “I’m fairly new to Christianity, so I lack a great knowledge of theology and Scripture. We hear all the time about those scriptures which condemn homosexuality and the problem I have is that I […]

Creation or Evolution?

I woke feeling excited this morning. I sat at 06.15 gazing through my east-facing window at a sensational sunrise, the sky ripped open to reveal azure blue through the ruptured clouds, as I ate muesli and drank leaf Darjeeling tea. The sunrise enhanced my excitement. I know from the various conversations I had yesterday, with […]

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, […]

More rejoicing in Heaven: An Interview with Rev’d Steve Chalke

Keith Sharpe, Changing Attitude trustee and convenor of CA Sussex, has interviewed Steve Chalke The Rev’d Steve Chalke is a high profile evangelical Christian leader.  From his extremely successful and well attended church in central London he manages the Oasis organisation, a multi million pound charitable foundation which amongst other things runs many primary and […]

The fantasies and dangers of all ex-gay, ‘we can heal you’ ministries

Anglican Mainstream, Christian Concern and Core Issues Trust are promoting a debate tomorrow morning in the Houses of Parliament on the legitimacy and freedom to offer therapy for those with unwanted feelings of same-sex attraction. They are promoting a false therapy based on the discredited theories of psychologist Irving Bieber from the 1960s, taken up […]

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 deeper (mis)understandings which divide us

Many people have been busy investigating and analysing the reasons which led to the defeat of the women in the episcopate measure last week. The two conservative blocks represented by Reform and Forward in Faith provide the bedrock of opposition to the measure. They were supported by people who voted according to personal conscience or […]

Anxiety over women bishops – where is faith in God’s infinite, loving presence?

I’m preparing to leave for the annual residential meeting of the Changing Attitude trustees, being held this year in North Reddish, between Manchester and Stockport, in the parish where trustee Clive is incumbent. The annual residential enables us to reflect on the past 12 months and from there, address the needs of next year focused […]