Homophobia in the Anglican Communion – a response – part 1

St Mark's Battersea Rise: preparing for GAFCON event

Changing Attitude has received a response to Rev. Colin Coward’s article on homophobia which we think is significant enough to publish in full. The author – Peter Chater – has told us, ‘Whatever our disagreements about scripture, it is our response to it and the way we treat others that marks us out as homophobic or […]

Homophobia in the Anglican Communion – a response – part 2

St Mark's Battersea Rise, exterior

This article is Part 2 of 2 of a guest piece by Peter Chater. Part 1, which gives background to the following article and contains an introduction by Changing Attitude, is available here. I too avoided the word ‘homophobia’, for many years, out of respect for others, because it can be used as an insult, […]

Christianity in a time of revolution – Archbishop Justin’s presidential address

At the end of yesterday afternoon’s opening session of General Synod in York the Archbishop of Canterbury delivered his first presidential address. His theme was revolution. He began by thanking all the staff who, he said, “…have been so effective and kind in dealing with the frightening and unsettling impact of a new Archbishop. Taking […]

The spectrum of human sexuality and the spectrum of prejudice

If, instead of celebrating SS Philip and James yesterday you had continued with the lectionary readings from Exodus, you would have read about Moses coming down from Mount Sinai and discovering the Israelites dancing around the golden bull calf that had come out of the fire after Aaron had thrown the gold in – so he […]

Anglicans losing battles and wars

I met Terence Weldon at the Cutting Edge Consortium Conference on Saturday. Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, Terence has lived in the UK since 2003. A Catholic, he is a regular and active participant in London’s ‘Soho Masses’. His web site, Queering the Church – towards a reality based theology,  has evolved from his involvement […]

The wisdom of Diarmaid MacCulloch’s ‘A History of Christianity’ might benefit FCA leaders and commentators

I’m reading and being inspired by Diarmaid MacCulloch’s ‘A History of Christianity’ at the moment. I’m not a historian and my grasp of Christian history is shaky and selective. MacCulloch is reminding me of why my faith formed in the way it did. Christian history is so complex and messy – well, we know that, […]