Convergence and solidarity: Anglican rituals for transgender people

The Revd Dr Cameron Partridge testifying in support of D036 at General Convention 2015 in Salt  Lake City

For several years I’ve been saying that it’s ‘Time for T’ [i.e. for the affirmation and inclusion of transgender people]. Now that trans people have appeared on the covers of both ‘Time’ (Laverne Cox in 2014) and ‘Vogue’ (Caitlyn Jenner in 2015) magazines, a new tipping point appears to have been reached, albeit there is […]

House of Deputies approves rite for blessing gay unions at Episcopal Church General Convention

General Convention meeting in Indianapolis gave its final approval on Tuesday 10 July to Resolution A049, which authorizes provisional use of the rite “The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant”. The resolution passed with 78 percent approval in the lay order and 76 percent in the clergy order. The motion in the House of […]

Episcopal Church Welcomes Transgender People

July 9 was a historic day for the Episcopal Church as it declared that gender identity and gender expression are not reasons for excluding someone from the discernment process for ordination, nor from any other activity or lay position in the Church. At its triennial General Convention in Indianapolis, the church House of Deputies approved […]

Integrity USA comments on Dharum Ravi and the suicide of Tyler Clementi

Rev. Harry Knox, Interim Executive Director, Integrity USA

“O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongs; O God, to whom vengeance belongs, show yourself.” Psalm 94:1 Middlesex County, NJ Superior Court Judge Glenn Berman just sentenced Dharum Ravi to 30 days in jail, with probation and community service. It was Ravi who videoed Tyler Clementi kissing another man and broadcast the kiss through social […]

Four wasted decades – the Anglican inability to engage with homosexuality

There is a thread running through the Anglican Communion’s engagement with homosexuality that I find curious – the inability to grasp the nettle despite tentative initiatives over 4 decades. I’m interested in the history of the Anglican Communion’s failure to grasp the nettle and wonder if there are lessons to be learnt. In 2005 The […]

Archbishop accused of abrogation of responsibility in gay debate

Bishop Peter Selby, patron of Changing Attitude England, delivered a devastating critique of the Anglican Covenant, the Archbishop of Canterbury and, above all, the church’s treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in a paper he presented to Inclusive Church’s residential conference Word on the Street last week. Bishop Peter named thoughts that many […]

When words are no better than silence, one should remain silent

A married, ordained heterosexual posted an anonymous comment on Monday 27th’s blog about the Archbishop’s Reflections on General Convention. The comments were far too valuable to be left there, read by the few, so I am posting them here as blog in their own right. Thank you, anonymous, for your wisdom. Anonymous: As I read […]

Archbishop’s Reflections impossible for Changing Attitude supporters to accept

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s reflections on the Episcopal Church’s 2009 General Convention are going to satisfy very few, if any, people. Perhaps that’s the intention. Conservatives posting on Stand Firm think this is just a form of words to ‘suggest’ TEC is little bit ‘hasty but not wrong while the rest of the communion is […]