Resources for the Shared Conversations

Dr Chris Cook, Professor of Spirituality, Theology and Health at Durham University, has written an article about the Pilling report and scientific evidence, published in the Church Times last Friday. Chris is a practical theologian and a scientist. He is critical of the report for not evaluating the scientific evidence with sufficient rigour and asks […]

The Pilling Report Reviewed – No 10: A Moot Point?

I have now reached Part 3 of the Pilling Report, which is entitled ‘Reflecting on the Evidence, although the first section Christian ethics – the Anglican tradition is mainly an account of classic Anglican theological method, which accords primacy to Scripture while recognising that it is also complementary and dialogic with the insights of reason […]

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. 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 […]

The defensive attitude of the Lords Spiritual to Equal Marriage

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will receive its Second Reading in the House of Lords next Monday, 3 June. Lord Dear, a crossbencher and former HM Chief Inspector of Police, is expected to lead the opposition to the Bill in the House of Lords on a motion tabled by him. He told The Times that he […]

Changing Attitude Kenya meets Bishop Julius Kalu, Bishop of Mombasa

Bishop Julius Kalu (2nd from right) with members of Changing Attitude Kenya at the meeting

In a development of great significance for LGBTI Anglicans, members of Changing Attitude Kenya’s steering committee together with local LGBTI Anglicans met Bishop Julius Kalu of Mombasa on Saturday 20th October 2012. The importance of the meeting extends to LGBTI Africans, Christians and people of faith across the continent. The meeting evolved from the foundations […]

Changing Attitude Kenya sends all Kenyan bishops the LGBTI Empowerment Seminar Report

On Monday we carried Rev Michael Kimindu’s report of the LGBTI Empowerment Seminar held in Mombasa on Saturday 11 August. The Rt Revd Julius Kalu, Bishop of Mombasa, accepted an invitation to attend the seminar and meet for the first time 20 LGBTI Kenyan Christians. The seminar was organized as a result of media reports […]

The Listening Process Compared

This afternoon I attended the hearing of the Ministry Committee considering Resolution D002 which would add the category ‘gender identity and expression’ to the non-discrimination canon for the ordination discernment process, and D019 which would add the same wording to the Episcopal Church’s canon on access of the laity to all levels of church participation […]