Study shows acceptance of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people slowly increasing in Nigeria

Press release: 30th June 2015 New poll finds familiarity helps build understanding and acceptance of LGBT people LAGOS – A new poll conducted by NOI Polls in partnership with Bisi Alimi Foundation and The Initiative for Equal Rights in Nigeria, has mapped awareness, perception, and acceptance of lesbian, gay, and bisexual, people and same-sex relationships […]

Unpacking the Pilling Report – No 5: Evidence & experience

I have now reached Part 2 of the Pilling Report, entitled, Summarizing the Evidence, which I believe rests on a misunderstanding of what constitutes evidence in relation to sexuality, and the conversation about homosexuality in particular. This is not to say that its sections do not include interesting material, but the effect is one of […]

Probing at the Pilling Report – No 3: Listening, conflict & consensus

We’ve now reached the third section of the Introduction to the Pilling Report: Listening to each other and continuing to do so The House of Bishops Working Group was tasked to review the listening process on human sexuality, but this section of the report is somewhat self-referential. There’s nothing wrong with that per se. The […]

A detailed look at the Pilling Report – No 2: A series of inconsitencies

This is the second of a series of blog posts on the Pilling Report. The first post looked at Jessica Martin’s prologue and the first section of Part 1, The Introduction. In this post I comment on the second of the five sections of the Introduction: A rapidly changing context This is a curious section. […]

The Pilling Report: A detailed look – No 1: Talking about same sex relationships in isolation

The Report of the House of Bishops Working Group on Human Sexuality, chaired by Sir Joseph Pilling, was published on November 28th 2013. http://www.churchofengland.org/media/1891063/pilling_report_gs_1929_web.pdf This is the first of what I hope will be a series of reflections on the Pilling Report. Jessica Martin’s prologue ‘Living with holiness and desire’ surveys certain features of the […]

An evolutionary worldview

Some years ago I came to realise what was perhaps already obvious to others – that I am a contemplative activist. Last weekend it further dawned on me that I am a contemplative activist evolutionary. Reading Evolutionaries: Unlocking the spiritual and cultural potential of science’s greatest idea by Carter Phipps is what finally helped the […]

Equal marriage, creation, evolution and the new paradigm

We, individual human beings, on different continents, in different cultures and in various communities of faith, are living with dramatically different paradigms, worldviews and attitudes towards the fundamentals of human life and behaviour. Religious and secular values look to be irreconcilable between so many parts of the human global community – Israel and Palestine, Islam […]

Province of West Indies bishops reject same-sex marriage

The House of Bishops and Standing Committee of the Church in the Province of the West Indies meeting in Barbados issued a draft provincial statement on same-sex unions issued on Thursday 25 April 2013 firmly rejecting same-sex marriage and urging Caribbean Governments to resist attempts at compromise from outside the region. The statement said that […]