The homophobia of the Church of England

Canon Jeremy Pemberton’s discrimination case against the Church of England before an employment tribunal continued today at Nottingham Justice Centre. The Rt Revd Richard Inwood, an honorary assistant bishop in the diocese of Southwell and Nottingham and acting bishop told the tribunal hearing that the marriage of Canon Jeremy Pemberton and Laurence Cunnington is sinful […]

The Solace of Fierce Landscapes

As the trustees of Changing Attitude England know and as will be obvious to many members of Changing Attitude’s Facebook group, as I near retirement as Director of CA England, I am not heading into “retirement” but being drawn by an inner spirit into a new focus on silence, contemplative depth, and the apophatic Christian […]

When LGBTI Anglican voices achieve unprecedented power

Rebecca Solnit wrote in The Guardian, Tuesday 30 December, about the unprecedented power women’s voices assumed in 2014. She asked why the issue of violence against women has finally come to the fore. Why has something that’s long been tolerated become intolerable – or rather, why are the people for whom it’s intolerable finally part […]

Frustration and deep concern about vocations, ordinands, deacons and married clergy

I’ve returned home from General Synod deeply troubled by the extreme contrasts in the stories I’ve heard and the conversations I had on Monday and Tuesday. There have been good news stories, not least in crossing the final hurdle to enable the first women bishops to be appointed. I learnt that there are lesbian and […]

Being gay, being a bishop and being out or in the closet

The Anglican persecution of LGBTI people Kelvin Holdsworth, the Provost of St Mary’s cathedral, Glasgow, was in conversation with Peter Tatchell on 20 July 2014. In the course of the conversation Kelvin asked Peter about outing gay bishops and wrote a blog about this part of the conversation which has received a lot of attention […]

Identifying the danger to the health, well-being and safety of LGBTI people

Core Issues Trust, Anglican Mainstream and Christian Concern have organised another day conference to which I have been warmly invited. The conference on Friday, 13 June 2014 from 10:30 to 17:00 at Emmanuel Conference Centre, Marsham Street, Westminster is titled “Debunking the myths: Same-sex attraction, science and the gospel”. The Conference has three goals: 1. […]

The Bible – homophobic and prejudiced?

Homophobia I’ve been wondering why the word homophobia touches such a raw nerve. Conservative traditionalists say they are not phobic or prejudiced about homosexuality. Their defence of ‘orthodox’, ‘traditional’ Christian teaching about homosexuality is reasonable, rational, justified by the Bible and 2,000 years of tradition. The word homophobia isn’t ideal, but it’s the word we’ve […]

Anglican Mainstream’s homophobia

Anglican Mainstream has issued a statement criticizing the Church of England for working with Stonewall to target homophobic bullying in Church Schools. The statement is a prime example of the homophobia that is institutionally present in the Church of England. Homophobia is personal or institutional prejudice against lesbian, gay and bisexual people rooted in a […]

The Gospels of Conditional and Unconditional Love

I stayed in Cambridge last week with a gay priest friend who recommended Jeremy Young’s book The Cost of Certainty: How religious conviction betrays the human psyche (2004, DLT, ISBN 0232525803). My copy arrived yesterday and reading the first four pages has given me material for a timely blog. Young expresses succinctly the Gospel as […]

Homophobia

Colin Coward had a letter published in last Friday’s Church of England Newspaper in response to an earlier letter from Andrew Symes, the new Executive Secretary of Anglican Mainstream. Andrew provided the opportunity for Changing Attitude to state clearly that any doctrine or teaching of the Church which allows or encourages prejudiced (let alone abusive, violent […]