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 […]

Time to end homophobia and anti-gay prejudice in the Anglican Communion

The remarks made to journalists in Namirembe, Kampala, by Archbishop Stanley Ntagali, the Primate of the Church of Uganda, are predictably to the script of the Global South/GAFCON axis in the Anglican Communion. The Archbishop’s stance is a reprise of the many statements hostile to the presence of LGB&T people in the Anglican Communion and […]

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 […]

Changing Attitude in 2013 – a life-giving vision

Retired Archbishop Rowan Williams – what a strange thought. Rowan, tutor from my Westcott days, was an easy friend before being appointed to Canterbury. My friendship with him wasn’t the only one to be changed following his elevation. I hope coming back down to earth restores the previously relaxed informality of friendship. In his New […]

We are created to be transformed, to grow into Christ, our Source and our Destiny

“It is always tragic to define one’s self in a rigid way that limits further becoming. And an inordinate attachment to beliefs certainly qualifies as such a limiting self-definition.” I’ve already flagged up that I’m reading Spirituality and the Awakening Self by David G Benner. Benner has helped me take another step in understanding why […]

Canadian, US and African bishops affirm common mission at third Consultation

Last week, the Anglican Church of Canada hosted the third Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue. Growing out of Lambeth 2008, which uncovered divisions and disagreements between African and other Anglicans on the issue of human sexuality and same-sex relationships, the dialogue held its first meeting in London in 2010 and it second last year in […]

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, […]

A healthy, loving global Anglican Communion for the twenty first century

(Readers might like to refer to Archbishop Eliud Wabukala’s keynote address to the FCA Leaders Conference) The Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans Leaders Conference is meeting from 23 to 27 April at St Mark’s Battersea Rise, South London. St Mark’s is the next parish to St Barnabas Clapham Common where the Revd David Page was the […]

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Christians are here – get over us, Anglican Mainstream!

Some Christians are Gay Get Over It×124.jpg 300w” sizes=”(max-width: 448px) 100vw, 448px” /> Anglican Mainstream and Core Issues Trust launched an advertising campaign today, of a slogan to be carried on the side of buses: Not Gay! Ex-Gay, Post Gay and Proud. Get Over It! Except Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, decided the campaign is offensive. He said: ““London is one […]

Changing Anglican Communion attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is more important than the Covenant

Thanks to the 23 diocesan synods which have voted against the Anglican Covenant, it cannot now return to General Synod for adoption in this quinquennium. The Covenant was developed as a solution to the crisis that erupted in 2003 following the election of Gene Robinson as bishop of New Hampshire. But the origins of the problems […]