The closed world of the House of Bishops

I want to begin with a caveat. I think the House of Bishops as a body within the structures of the Church of England shows itself to be a closed system, defending the status quo. It is a body unwilling or unable to be open to an awareness of God, the infinite, loving, energised, indwelling, […]

We have a Gospel to proclaim!

“God is an intelligible space whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere. God is within all things, but not enclosed, outside all things, but not excluded, above all things but not aloof, below all things but not debased. God is supremely one and all-inclusive, God is therefore ‘all in all’” (1 Corinthians 15.28). […]

Open our flesh, and we shall embody your presence

I think the Church has repeatedly mislaid the divine imperative revealed in the life and teaching, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the ministry of his apostle Paul. The early Church lost confidence in the energy released through the resurrection, absorbed by the need to respond with practical matters of survive and evolution. I […]

Is Justin Welby’s evangelical faith ready to transform the Church and the experience of LGB&T Christians?

I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the all-glorious Father, may confer on you the spiritual gifts of wisdom and vision, with the knowledge of him that they bring. I pray that your inward eyes may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope to which he calls you, […]

Occupying space

When I was young I tried to minimise my impact on the world around me. I was uncertain of my place in the world and working hard to minimise my sexual identity. Trying to be small, to be acceptable and to fit into the world around me as a gay man in the closet wasn’t […]

Wholly Holy: What does the identity of being LGB&T add to the identity of being Christian?

The Revd Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, gave a lecture to the Greater London Changing Attitude group at St Martins on Wednesday 30 January 2013. The entire lecture can be downloaded here but below are some extracts. …….And is there a place for LGBT persons in this model? Absolutely. They’re in the front […]

The Commons debate the Marriage (Same Sex Marriage) Bill

The House has voted: in favour 400, against 175, easily carried. I watched the debate in its entirety this afternoon and was profoundly encouraged. Kate Green, the Shadow Equalities Minister and Hugh Robertson, the Culture, Media and Sports Minister, wound up the debate with speeches that I felt affirmed me, my sexuality, my relationship with […]

Cranmer’s challenge to Changing Attitude

Cranmer has referred to Changing Attitude on his blog. “[H]e would like to have a mature chat with both Changing Attitude and Reform, and exhort both not to swing for each other via the broadcasting airwaves or print columns, but to reflect very carefully on the primacy of the mission of salvation to which we […]

New Year’s Eve 2012 and dreams for 2013

I decided it would be a good idea to use the post-Christmas Day period to reflect on the year that’s ending and look ahead to what 2013 may bring and what Changing Attitude might like to bring to 2013. I have ideas that seem obvious when I rehearse them walking across Salisbury Plain but much […]

Time for spiritual solace

The last two weeks have been rather manic! I think we have experienced stage two of the November Revolution which was triggered by the no vote on women bishops in Synod. Now the Church of England’s position on LGB&T people and same-sex relationships is collapsing. The Church of England reaction to the women bishops vote […]