Everyone Counts 2014 diversity audit excludes sexual orientation

Time for the Church to appoint an adviser and create a Committee for LGBTI Concerns Everyone Counts is a diversity audit based in a congregational survey carried out in autumn 2014 in a sample of Church of England parishes. There was a particular focus on ethnicity, disability and locality but not on sexual orientation. In […]

Minority of bishops voted for the Pastoral Guidance on Same Sex Marriage

The Church Times Review of 2014 published on January 2, 2015 revealed that 22 bishops abstained when the House of Bishops voted on the statement of Pastoral Guidance on Same Sex Marriage at the meeting on February 13, 2014. The Pastoral Guidance was issued on 15 February 2014. One bishop voted against the statement bringing the total […]

Church of England lesbian and gay clergy convert CPs to marriage from today

From today, many members of the Church of England, lay and ordained, will convert their civil partnership to marriage. Canon Jeremy Pemberton and Fr Andrew Foreshew-Cain will no longer be the only married gay priests in the Church of England – numbers of lesbian and gay clergy are known to be converting. The House of […]

Chaperoned by dachshunds – is this the secret of survival for LGBTI people in the church?

Last Friday’s Church Times Books for Christmas supplement features an interview with Richard Coles about his autobiography by the Revd Dr Hugh Rayment-Pickard. The interview is revealing. Hugh describes the autobiography as an unvarnished summary of Coles’ sexual history up to the point where he started ordination training. He wonders whether Richard’s openness about his […]

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 […]

A Love Letter to Gay Bishops

The Sunday Telegraph carries a report today about the love letter to gay bishops organised by Keith Hebden, a priest from St Mark’s and St Peter’s Church in Mansfield, Notts and supporter of Changing Attitude. With over 300 signatures, the letter will be formally submitted to the Church’s House of Bishops To Church of England Bishops […]

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 […]

Time to revise or withdraw the Pastoral Guidance on equal marriage

The office of the Archbishop of York is sending a pro-forma email response to people who have emailed him about the revocation of Jeremy Pemberton’s PTO. The Archbishop says the decision of the Acting Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham’s decision to withhold a licence in relation to an NHS Chaplaincy post in the Diocese, is […]

Bishop of Norwich clarifies purpose of monitoring and reference group

As Changing Attitude reported in a blog on June 26, on June 24 the Church of England website posted a statement about weekend press reports that the Bishop of Norwich has been asked to keep a blacklist of clergy who marry same sex partners. The statement said the reports were untrue. Changing Attitude had been aware […]

Same sex marriage guidance for clergy

Guidance to Church of England clergy in dealing with issues arising from the document: House of Bishops Pastoral Guidance on Same Marriage of 15 February 2014 The relevant section of the Pastoral Guidance reads (boldface in original): 27. The House is not, therefore, willing for those who are in a same sex marriage to be […]