Primitive or mature religion?

In February 2007 the General Synod debated a Private Member’s Motion from the Revd Mary Gilbert on Lesbian and Gay Christians. Mary’s motion was significantly amended by the House of Bishops and it was the amended version that was passed by the Synod: That this Synod: (a) commend continuing efforts to prevent the diversity of […]

When Andrew met Sally – a reply to Andrew Symes

In a fictional piece at Anglican Mainstream, Andrew Symes asks the rhetorical question “’Changing Attitudes’ – why not changing desires?” His story concerns Sally, a married Christian woman with a history of attraction to both men and women, who finds herself attracted to a woman at work: ‘something that she knew was adulterous, immoral […]

Trying to make sense of Core Issues Trust ideas

Dr Mike Davidson handed out copies of ‘Out of Harm’s Way: Working Ethically with Same-Sex Attracted Persons’ in the course of the breakout group he led at the ‘Setting Love in Order’ conference on Thursday. The authors of the book are Mike and Dermot O’Callaghan, a member of the General Synod of the Church of […]

Setting Love in Order conference, January 16 2014

The ‘Setting Love in Order’ conference was organised by Core Issues Trust, Christian Concern and Christian Legal Centre. The subtitle was ‘Protecting the freedoms to believe, to exist and to change when homosexual feelings are unwanted. The conference took place in the context of the Counsellors and Psychotherapists (Regulation) Bill presented to Parliament by Geraint […]

Unwanted same sex attraction, Reparative or Conversion Therapy and the Association of Christian Counsellors

The Association of Christian Counsellors has issued a statement announcing that they: do not endorse Reparative or Conversion Therapy or any model that implies a predetermined direction of outcome of counselling at the outset. We recognize that such models have the potential to impose situational demands on the client at a time of vulnerability with […]

World Health Organization releases groundbreaking report condemning ’conversion’ therapies

Services that purport to “cure” people with non-heterosexual sexual orientation lack medical justification and represent a serious threat to the health and well-being of affected people, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said in a position statement launched on 17 May, the International Day against Homophobia. The statement calls on governments, academic institutions, professional associations […]