CA England writes to the Archbishop of Canterbury

The Director and trustees of Changing Attitude England wrote to the Archbishop of Canterbury on 28 November 2014 expressing our concerns about the appointment of bishops in England and the homophobia and violence visited on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Africa, supported by members of the Anglican Communion. We have not yet received a […]

Time to end homophobia and anti-gay prejudice in the Anglican Communion

The remarks made to journalists in Namirembe, Kampala, by Archbishop Stanley Ntagali, the Primate of the Church of Uganda, are predictably to the script of the Global South/GAFCON axis in the Anglican Communion. The Archbishop’s stance is a reprise of the many statements hostile to the presence of LGB&T people in the Anglican Communion and […]

Lord Ali makes the Bishop of Hereford an unwelcome offer

There is a madness that attends the work of the Director of Changing Attitude. I force myself to read extensive sections of Hansard from time to time, when relevant to the work of CA. This is a task for which I am not congenitally suited. If you want to read about Lord Ali’s offer, scroll […]

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 […]

Permanent, Faithful, Stable – it’s about God and Love

When the Guardian published Jeffrey John’s article marking the issue of a new edition of Permanent, Faithful, Stable two weeks ago, it edited out the God-stuff with which Jeffrey begins his new Preface to the book. Jeffrey writes: “Most human beings, heterosexual or homosexual, know instinctively that a framework of secure, lasting, covenanted commitment maximizes […]

Permanent, Faithful, Stable republished with new foreword by Jeffrey John – and bishops asked about civil partnerships

Tomorrow evening I’m attending the launch of the revised edition of Permanent, Stable, Faithful in St Alban’s Cathedral. The new edition is subtitled: Christian same-sex marriage. Jeffrey has written a new Preface and Postscript and Mark Oakley, Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral, has written a new Foreword. Jeffrey has abridged the new Preface for an […]

Living into the new reality – Christian equality for women and LGB&T people

Later this afternoon I’m attending the reception at 10 Downing Street hosted by the Prime Minister for members of the LGB&T community. In advance of the meeting, Jeffrey John’s video message for the Out4Marriage campaign is making waves, and Jeffrey may be one of those invited to the reception. Jeffrey is very glad the government […]

“God’s grace seen in gay marriage” say bishops in letter to The Times

The letter is behind the Times paywall, but we have been given permission to republish it here. To: The Editor The Times Sir, A number of recent statements by church leaders past and present may have given the mistaken impression that the Church is universally opposed to the extension of civil marriage to same-sex couples. […]

Crown Nominations Commission leak designed to sabotage the appointment of someone because they are gay

The Dean of St Albans, the Very Reverend Jeffrey John, has written a letter to the Guardian about the leak from the Crown Nominations Commission (CNC) in July 2010 that Jeffrey was a shortlisted candidate for the See of Southwark. The leak was clearly designed to sabotage the possibility of Jeffrey being appointed. There is […]

African Christianity and the future of the Anglican Communion

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It is Sunday lunchtime in Nairobi and from my 6th floor hotel room I’m listening to a Pentecostal preacher being amplified from a church two blocks away. I can hear his every word clearly as he screams into the microphone. His words sound angry, demotic, as he whips the people in what I assume is […]