A Love Letter to Gay Bishops

The Sunday Telegraph carries a report today about the love letter to gay bishops organised by Keith Hebden, a priest from St Mark’s and St Peter’s Church in Mansfield, Notts and supporter of Changing Attitude. With over 300 signatures, the letter will be formally submitted to the Church’s House of Bishops To Church of England Bishops […]

College of Bishops to discuss the Pilling Report

An additional meeting of the College of Bishops is being held on 27 January to discuss the report Pilling Report, the outcome of a working party of the House of Bishops appointed 18 months ago. The College of Bishops consists of all diocesan and suffragan bishops in the Church of England. The House of Bishops […]

Hypocrisy, Civil Partnerships, Discrimination and Gay Bishops

In Transcendent Vocation: Why gay clergy tolerate hypocrisy, Sarah Maxwell moves from naming hypocrisy in the Church and especially in the House of Bishops, exemplified in ‘Don’t ask, Don’t tell’ policy, to look at the Church of England’s attitude to civil partnerships. Civil partnerships Sarah’s research, based on interviews with ten straight clergy, twelve gay […]

Now elect eight senior LGB&T clergy as participant observers in the House of Bishops

Yesterday the House of Bishops announced that the bishops have “decided that until such time as there are six female members of the House, following the admission of women to the episcopate, a number of senior women clergy should be given the right to attend and speak at meetings of the House as participant observers. […]

Civil partnerships, the episcopate and the House of Bishops furore

I want to place as the foundation stone of this blog Jim Cotter’s Canticle for Christmas 3 based on John 1 from Out of the Silence to remind myself of the truth that convicts me as a follower of the way of Jesus the Christ. Light in darkness and truth in love is fundamental to my […]

Archbishop-elect Justin Welby has the potential to be very good news

I’ve now had the opportunity to view the videos of Justin Welby’s statement to the media on Friday and the questions he answered and to reflect on his appointment. A number of things strike me which haven’t been picked up by the media, who choose to focus on women bishops and gays. He was unequivocal […]

Justin Welby – is he good news for LGB&T Anglicans?

The Rt Revd Justin Welby, Bishop of Durham

The Rt Revd Justin Welby, Bishop of Durham, is being named as the next Archbishop of Canterbury with an announcement expected tomorrow. The BBC is asking me what Changing Attitude’s response is to his appointment. The MailOnline’s headline is: ‘Former oil boss who opposes same sex marriage emerges as favourite to become next Archbishop of Canterbury’. […]

CA writes to every bishop asking for honesty and courage

Press Release Changing Attitude England has written to every Church of England bishop asking them to speak honestly about the place of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB&T) Anglicans in the Church and acknowledge truthfully how they treat LGB&T people in their dioceses.  Changing Attitude knows from the evidence of conversations with bishops and from […]

Gay bishops – it’s the Church of England that’s in the dock

I’ve been spurred into further thought by comments on the previous post and a conversation I’m told took place on Facebook where a friend of mine was urged to stop me doing what I’m doing “before it goes too far.” The person doing the urging thinks the House of Bishops will wreak a terrible revenge on […]

What type of gay priest is acceptable as a bishop in the Church of England?

Recent appointments to the House of Bishops raise a question for Changing Attitude. What type of gay priest is acceptable to be appointed as a bishop in our Church? There are clearly categories which are not acceptable and another category which is acceptable. The acceptable categories A priest who presents himself to the Church as […]