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 […]

Primitive or mature religion?

In February 2007 the General Synod debated a Private Member’s Motion from the Revd Mary Gilbert on Lesbian and Gay Christians. Mary’s motion was significantly amended by the House of Bishops and it was the amended version that was passed by the Synod: That this Synod: (a) commend continuing efforts to prevent the diversity of […]

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 […]

Chichester Diocesan Synod condemns homophobic incitement by General Synod member

Andrea Minichiello Williams, a lay member of General Synod representing the Diocese of Chichester, was reported to have spoken at a conference in Jamaica at the end of 2013 to urge that country not to repeal a law dating back to 1864 which criminalised homosexual acts and penalised men so convicted with hard labour in […]

Shared Conversations – grounds for optimism?

I’m an eternal optimist. Even when confronted with apparently intransigent and unmoving situations or when living through dark times, something inside me continues to believe that the future will eventually be transformed by the creative good – the divine energy of love. Faith might be a good word to describe my optimism! My feelings about […]

Women bishops – finally

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Homophobic bullying in church schools and demeaning language

The Bishop of Oxford, John Pritchard, chair of the Board of Education, replied to questions about homophobic bullying in school on Friday evening at Synod. I don’t do shorthand so I was only able to make brief notes of his replies, of the supplementary questions that were asked and of his further reply. Mrs Rosemary […]

York General Synod – same sex marriage and the common good

I’ve been at General Synod in York for nearly 24 hours and this is the first space I’ve created to retreat to my room, check emails and news and post a comment. I’ve been in conversation for almost every waking moment since I arrived, except for sitting in the public gallery for questions yesterday evening. […]

Shared Conversations on Sexuality, Scripture and Mission

GS Misc 1083 GENERAL SYNOD Shared Conversations on Sexuality, Scripture and Mission 1. The Pilling Report, published in November 2013, recommended that the church’s internal dialogue on the subject of human sexuality might best be addressed through a process of conversations across the church and involving others in the Anglican Communion. This recommendation was endorsed […]

Sussex member of C OF E General Synod Advocates prison for gays

PRESS RELEASE BY CHANGING ATTITUDE SUSSEX One of the Sussex Diocese of Chichester representatives on the Church of England General Synod, Andrea Minichiello Williams, recently attended a conference in Jamaica to urge the Government to keep the law which criminalises homosexuality.  She spoke in derogatory terms about gay people, and peddled the old vicious lie […]