When LGBTI Anglican voices achieve unprecedented power

Rebecca Solnit wrote in The Guardian, Tuesday 30 December, about the unprecedented power women’s voices assumed in 2014. She asked why the issue of violence against women has finally come to the fore. Why has something that’s long been tolerated become intolerable – or rather, why are the people for whom it’s intolerable finally part […]

The year we began to marry

The year twenty-fourteen saw a slow but further transformation of people’s attitudes towards Church of England teaching about homosexuality. Some individuals and couples have become more fearless, putting their faith in God and their love for their partner above the unloving, fearful teaching and dogma of the Church. People are rejecting the authority of bishops […]

Lord Fowler: the Church of England should be totally in favour of equal rights for gay people

Lord Fowler, former Health Secretary in the Thatcher government who launched the Don’t Die of Ignorance campaign in 1987 was interviewed on yesterday morning’s Radio 4 Sunday programme in a segment about World AIDS Day. He was speaking yesterday evening at St Anne’s Soho and is giving a major speech today. He has just published […]

Homophobia in the Anglican Communion – a response – part 1

St Mark's Battersea Rise: preparing for GAFCON event

Changing Attitude has received a response to Rev. Colin Coward’s article on homophobia which we think is significant enough to publish in full. The author – Peter Chater – has told us, ‘Whatever our disagreements about scripture, it is our response to it and the way we treat others that marks us out as homophobic or […]

Homophobia in the Anglican Communion – a response – part 2

St Mark's Battersea Rise, exterior

This article is Part 2 of 2 of a guest piece by Peter Chater. Part 1, which gives background to the following article and contains an introduction by Changing Attitude, is available here. I too avoided the word ‘homophobia’, for many years, out of respect for others, because it can be used as an insult, […]

Five decades as a gay youth and adult (and later, priest) in the C of E

I drafted this blog intending it to accompany a letter Changing Attitude will be sending to every bishop. That’s why it rehearses five decades of history, as a reminder to them of how the Church has changed around us. Having finished the document, it seem right to place it in the public domain now. My […]

Time to bless lesbian and gay relationships in church

The right wing conservative Christian narrative would claim that they, traditional, orthodox, Bible-believing Christians, are being persecuted and marginalized because of the demands made by “homosexual activists” in Western nations. This at least is the claim of an American article published by Way of Life Literature, Inc. titled What Rights Will Others Lose When Homosexuals […]

Church Times nails the challenge to homophobia in the Church

This week’s Church Times has an editorial about the new church guidelines on homophobic bullying in schools commending their existence as much as their content. After years of clumsy official statements (e.g. Resolution 1.10 from Lambeth 1998), it is good to read: “Pupils may justify homophobic bullying because: they think that homosexual people should be […]

Identifying the danger to the health, well-being and safety of LGBTI people

Core Issues Trust, Anglican Mainstream and Christian Concern have organised another day conference to which I have been warmly invited. The conference on Friday, 13 June 2014 from 10:30 to 17:00 at Emmanuel Conference Centre, Marsham Street, Westminster is titled “Debunking the myths: Same-sex attraction, science and the gospel”. The Conference has three goals: 1. […]

The Bible – homophobic and prejudiced?

Homophobia I’ve been wondering why the word homophobia touches such a raw nerve. Conservative traditionalists say they are not phobic or prejudiced about homosexuality. Their defence of ‘orthodox’, ‘traditional’ Christian teaching about homosexuality is reasonable, rational, justified by the Bible and 2,000 years of tradition. The word homophobia isn’t ideal, but it’s the word we’ve […]