Anglican Church of Southern Africa considers Pastoral Response to Civil Unions

The Anglican Church of Southern Africa (a province which encompasses Angola, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and the island of St Helena) issued this press release on Friday: The Anglican Church of Southern Africa has urged its bishops to provide guidelines for giving pastoral care to same-sex couples who have entered civil unions under […]

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 […]

Canadian, US and African bishops affirm common mission at third Consultation

Last week, the Anglican Church of Canada hosted the third Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue. Growing out of Lambeth 2008, which uncovered divisions and disagreements between African and other Anglicans on the issue of human sexuality and same-sex relationships, the dialogue held its first meeting in London in 2010 and it second last year in […]

A healthy, loving global Anglican Communion for the twenty first century

(Readers might like to refer to Archbishop Eliud Wabukala’s keynote address to the FCA Leaders Conference) The Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans Leaders Conference is meeting from 23 to 27 April at St Mark’s Battersea Rise, South London. St Mark’s is the next parish to St Barnabas Clapham Common where the Revd David Page was the […]

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 […]

Misapprehensions by Anglican Mainstream – 3: The Listening Process

This is going to be a long blog, but there’s no other way to set the record straight. Having written about the meetings Dr Philip Giddings thinks we, LGB&T Anglican groups, had with the liberal bishops, Dr Giddings then goes on to explain that the listening process wasn’t authorized by and didn’t begin with Lambeth […]

Moderating and deleting inappropriate behaviour by Primates and bishops in the Anglican Communion

‘Anonymous’ continues to post comments to this blog. I have to read them to decide whether to post or bin them. It’s tedious. Sometimes I contemplate posting the less offensive in a spirit of openness and generosity, but think again. Tolerance and generosity are admirable qualities. But why would readers of a blog dedicated to […]

How to make a difference – but first, examples of dysfunction and abuse in the Church

In my post on Saturday about the existence of gay Primates and bishops I accused the Church of England and the Anglican Communion of being infected by a culture of fear, secrecy, bigotry, intimidation, abuse, dishonesty and collusion – quite a list! I argued that the Church is going to be healthier and more Christian […]

LGBT Anglicans recommit to mutual support and global mission

Press Release CANTERBURY, UK Leaders of seven lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Anglican organizations met yesterday as the Lambeth Conference drew to a close. We recommitted ourselves to the full inclusion of LGBT people in the life and ministry of the churches of the Anglican Communion. We promised to redouble our efforts to work for […]