Church of England evidence to Same Sex Marriage Bill committee

Yesterday the Right Rev. Graham James, the Bishop of Norwich, William Fittall, secretary-general of the General Synod of the Church of England and Alexander McGregor, deputy legal adviser to the General Synod and the Archbishops Council, gave evidence to the Public Bill Committee of the House of Commons. I have edited the Hansard report, rearranged […]

Now elect eight senior LGB&T clergy as participant observers in the House of Bishops

Yesterday the House of Bishops announced that the bishops have “decided that until such time as there are six female members of the House, following the admission of women to the episcopate, a number of senior women clergy should be given the right to attend and speak at meetings of the House as participant observers. […]

What is gay marriage?

I never imagined when I was in my teens and 20s and 30s and 40s that one day, parliament would be debating an equal marriage bill and almost certainly voting in favour. Radical reform of the place of LGB&T people in British society didn’t start until 1997 when I was 52. I had a dream […]

CofE has the audacity to issue a briefing note to MPs on Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill

The Church of England’s Parliamentary Office has published a briefing note to MPs on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill prior to the Second Reading debate in the House of Commons on February 5. I might call it a revisionist document because it makes statements that are substantively different from anything the Church of England […]

Church House culture and Parliamentary expectations

Quite a lot of contact is taking place at the moment between staff at Church House and members of parliament, in relation to both women bishops (and the place of women in the church in general) and in relation to the place of LGB&T people in the church and equal marriage and civil partnerships in […]

Ten and a half months to go before Pilling reports

One question is dominating 2013 for Changing Attitude England – what will Sir Joseph Pilling’s review group recommend in their report to the House of Bishops’ meeting in December and what decisions will the House of Bishops then announce. There are now ten and a half months before they need to resolve their differences and […]

Changing Attitude in 2013 – a life-giving vision

Retired Archbishop Rowan Williams – what a strange thought. Rowan, tutor from my Westcott days, was an easy friend before being appointed to Canterbury. My friendship with him wasn’t the only one to be changed following his elevation. I hope coming back down to earth restores the previously relaxed informality of friendship. In his New […]

The inevitable ban on same-sex marriage in Church of England parishes

I’ve just watched the recording of yesterday’s Urgent Question asked in Parliament by Edward Leigh, Conservative MP for Gainsborough. I was impressed by Maria Miller, Minister for Women and Equalities, who responded confidently, generously and firmly to every question. There is a confidence in the Prime Minister and the Equalities Minister about the decision to […]