Michel Sidibe, Executive Director of UNAIDS, addressed 10th WCC Assembly in Korea

Churches: Barricades against exclusion Michel Sidibe, Executive Director of UNAIDS, addressed the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches meeting in Busan, Republic of Korea, on 31 October 2013. Here are excerpts from his speech: ‘The AIDS response is the common entry point for so many of the issues of justice and peace that […]

Gay Church of Ireland minister attacks hypocrisy on inclusion

A Church of Ireland minister who has a same-sex partner has accused the Archbishop of Dublin and Glendalough of “cherry-picking” which issues of inclusion he supports. Tom Gordon, the dean of Leighlin, who entered into a civil partnership two years ago, was responding to Archbishop Michael Jackson’s criticism of “sectarianism” and exclusionary behaviour within the […]

The Gospels of Conditional and Unconditional Love

I stayed in Cambridge last week with a gay priest friend who recommended Jeremy Young’s book The Cost of Certainty: How religious conviction betrays the human psyche (2004, DLT, ISBN 0232525803). My copy arrived yesterday and reading the first four pages has given me material for a timely blog. Young expresses succinctly the Gospel as […]

How inclusive should the Church be – and am I an evangelical?

Canon John Binns, Vicar of Great St Mary’s, Cambridge, writes in the Church Times about the 83 per cent of those who identify as Anglican in national statistics but don’t come to church, leaving 17 per cent or about one million. The 83 per cent who don’t come to Great St Mary’s are as important […]

A health report on the C of E following the York Synod

I’m travelling home from York with time to reflect on the General Synod meeting. I have enjoyed many very good conversations with bishops, clergy and lay Synod members, other exhibitors and Synod staff members. I know Synod isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but Synod always restores my Anglican family connections, if not my sense of […]

LGB&T lives become a public battle ground once again

Being a gay man, a gay Christian and a gay Christian activist feel very uncomfortable identities this morning. Yet again, matters affecting my identity and my freedom to be the person God has created me to be are being fought over in public in the most intense way. Many of the arguments against making a […]

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). […]

LGB&T Anglican Coalition meeting with Archbishop Justin Welby

Six members of the LGB&T Anglican Coalition are meeting with the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace tomorrow, Thursday. I’m representing Changing Attitude. The other five, representing with me all 8 member groups of the Coalition are Tina Beardsley, Mike Dark, Jeremy Marks, Savi Hensman and Clare Herbert. The goal of the meeting, agreed between […]

Reactions to “Men and Women in Marriage”

There has been strong, hostile reaction to the Men and Women in Marriage report. For many it is the last straw. Gay and staright, lay and ordained, the number of people who have been hanging on to active involvement with their local Christian community but have been provoked by the report into abandoning their church […]

More rejoicing in Heaven: An Interview with Rev’d Steve Chalke

Keith Sharpe, Changing Attitude trustee and convenor of CA Sussex, has interviewed Steve Chalke The Rev’d Steve Chalke is a high profile evangelical Christian leader.  From his extremely successful and well attended church in central London he manages the Oasis organisation, a multi million pound charitable foundation which amongst other things runs many primary and […]