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 […]

Dreams and challenges we all (and especially the House of Bishops) have to face

Following the House of Lords debate on the Marriage (same sex couples bill) when Lord Dear’s motion was decisively defeated, dates have been announced for the committee stage – Monday 17th, Wednesday 19th, and Monday 24th June. A number of amendments have been tabled, some by members of the House of Bishops. If I was […]

Gay marriage – the Church of England’s Alice in Wonderland world

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Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. What a mess the Archbishop of Canterbury is getting the Church into. Yesterday he spoke in the House of Lord’s opposing the government’s gay marriage bill. He issued several warnings. He warned that it will create “different and unequal” forms of marriage that will undermine family life. He warned […]

The closed world of the House of Bishops

I want to begin with a caveat. I think the House of Bishops as a body within the structures of the Church of England shows itself to be a closed system, defending the status quo. It is a body unwilling or unable to be open to an awareness of God, the infinite, loving, energised, indwelling, […]

Progress of equal marriage bill deepens challenge to the Church

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill was given a third reading in the House of Commons yesterday by 366 to 161, a majority of 205. On the Conservative benches 133 voted against the bill compared with 126 Tory MPs who voted in favour. A majority of Conservative MPs and DUP MPs from Northern Ireland feel […]

The Church of England, fear of change, and the True Self

“Perhaps loss is the price we pay for being human, for being beautifully fragile. In order for us to be human, things must change, things will and must get lost; we have to lose them in order to have new life and new possibilities.” “In Jesus Christ, God embraces a human life and shows us […]

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 […]

Latest news on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill

The Bill has been carried over to the 2013-14 session. The Bill is due to have its report stage and third reading on 20 and 21 May 2013. The Government Bill was presented to Parliament on 24 January 2013. It completed its committee stage on 12 March 2013 and had its second reading debate on […]

Changing Attitude’s submission to the House of Commons Committee Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill Submission to House of Commons Public Bill Committee – 26 February 2013 Summary Changing Attitude England represents lesbian and gay Anglicans who wish to be married in church according to the rites of the Church of England, including families, friends and colleagues and congregations wishing to contract same-sex marriages. Changing […]