Picking over the Pilling Report – No 4: Continuing conversations and current teaching

I hoped to be briefer in reviewing the last two sections of the Introduction to the Pilling Report, but there has been plenty to pick over here. The obligations of belonging to the Anglican Communion Having been encouraged, in the previous section, to listen to one another, and to engage in a facilitated conversation about […]

Will Pilling and the House of Bishops engage with the full spectrum of experience?

Theology “must engage with our affective side, the emotions and feelings that arise from the experiences of exclusion and discrimination.” This statement comes from a review of a new book, Black Theology, in last Friday’s Church Times by Jesse Zink, Assistant Chaplain at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. The book’s author, Anthony Reddie, claims that black theology […]

Like the wideness of the sea – a prophetic vision of women and LGB&T people in the Church of England

I read Maggi Dawn’s recently published book Like the Wideness of the Sea: Women bishops and the Church of England at the weekend. Last week I read Sarah Maxwell’s Transcendent Vocation: Why gay clergy tolerate hypocrisy. I’d like to draw from both books in a series of blogs that address the environment of the Church […]

LGB&T Anglican Coalition Press Statement on the admission of Bishops in Civil Partnerships to the Episcopate

LGB&T Anglican Coalition www.lgbtac.org.uk contact@lgbtac.org.uk Press Release 8 January 2013. For Immediate Use  The LGB&T Anglican Coalition welcomes the House of Bishops decision, confirmed on the 4th January 2013*, to lift its moratorium of July 2011 on clergy in civil partnerships being nominated as episcopal candidates, even when living in conformity with the House of […]

Time for the Church of England to affirm, welcome, celebrate and bless same-sex relationships

The leader in the Church Times yesterday concluded by saying, “In the mean time, there are the twin concerns of public perception and mission. A greater enthusiasm for the blessing of same-sex partnerships in church would be one effective way of countering the negative impression given this week.” The blessing of same-sex partnerships is the […]

Majority of bishops conform with requirements of 2005 HoB pastoral statement on Civil Partnerships

I’m happy to admit that I’m doing a total volte-face. Changing Attitude has been challenged by various people to confirm whether or not we can prove that a majority of bishops currently license partnered lesbian and gay clergy in disregard of the 2005 House of Bishops’ Pastoral Statement. The relevant section of the Pastoral Statement […]

Time for the truth that sets us free

The Very Revd Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans, has an article in today’s Church Times titled ‘Time to tell the truth about gays’. He says: “It is obvious that a number of bishops are gay, and some are or have been in gay relationships, yet they constantly refer to gay people as if they […]

Presenting ‘evidence’ to the House of Bishops’ Review Group on Thursday

I’m keenly anticipating Changing Attitude’s hour with the House of Bishops’ Review Group on Thursday to present our ‘evidence’, but with feelings of uncertainty and anxiety. I put ‘evidence’ in inverted commas because I’m not sure what the nature of Changing Attitude’s ‘evidence’ is. Well, I am sure in my heart, actually – it’s the […]

Thirty years on and the House of Bishops Working Group on Human Sexuality begins hearing evidence

Next Wednesday and Thursday, 4th and 5th July, the House of Bishops Working Group is meeting at Church House Westminster for two ‘evidence hearing’ days. Changing Attitude has been asked to attend at 10.30 on Thursday. The Changing Attitude ‘evidence’ will be given by Dr Rob Clucas, Keith Sharpe and myself. Other groups and individuals who […]

Dr Glynn Harrison’s views on homosexuality and his membership of the Crown Nominations Commission

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Last week a Guardian reporter phoned me to consult me about Dr Glynn Harrison’s membership of the Crown Nominations Commission (CNC), the body that will select the next Archbishop of Canterbury (and appoints other diocesan bishops). The Guardian was concerned about Glynn Harrison’s CNC place because of his beliefs about gay people. An article in […]