York General Synod – same sex marriage and the common good

I’ve been at General Synod in York for nearly 24 hours and this is the first space I’ve created to retreat to my room, check emails and news and post a comment. I’ve been in conversation for almost every waking moment since I arrived, except for sitting in the public gallery for questions yesterday evening. […]

Time to bless lesbian and gay relationships in church

The right wing conservative Christian narrative would claim that they, traditional, orthodox, Bible-believing Christians, are being persecuted and marginalized because of the demands made by “homosexual activists” in Western nations. This at least is the claim of an American article published by Way of Life Literature, Inc. titled What Rights Will Others Lose When Homosexuals […]

Bishop of Blackburn acts on House of Bishops’ Pastoral Statement

The Bishop of Blackburn, the Rt Revd Julian Henderson, who has a reputation as one of the most conservative of the evangelicals in the House, is already taking action against gay clergy in his diocese. In the light of the Bishops’ Pastoral Statement he has asked to meet the four clergy in the diocese who […]

Picking over the Pilling Report – No 4: Continuing conversations and current teaching

I hoped to be briefer in reviewing the last two sections of the Introduction to the Pilling Report, but there has been plenty to pick over here. The obligations of belonging to the Anglican Communion Having been encouraged, in the previous section, to listen to one another, and to engage in a facilitated conversation about […]

Vote on whether to allow same-sex-couples to legally marry in Irish Republic to be held mid-2015

The Guardian reports that government of the Republic of Ireland is to hold a referendum in mid-2015 on whether to allow same-sex marriage. This year the country’s constitutional convention recommended changes to allow same-sex couples to marry and have the same legal rights as the rest of the population. Dr Richard O’Leary, the chairperson of […]

Anglican Church of Southern Africa considers Pastoral Response to Civil Unions

The Anglican Church of Southern Africa (a province which encompasses Angola, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and the island of St Helena) issued this press release on Friday: The Anglican Church of Southern Africa has urged its bishops to provide guidelines for giving pastoral care to same-sex couples who have entered civil unions under […]

Archbishop of Canterbury says homophobia has to be eradicated from the Church

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury spoke at the opening of the new headquarters of the Evangelical Alliance yesterday. The Telegraph and Guardian reported his extensive remarks about same-sex marriage and the way gay and lesbian people have been treated. The Evangelical Alliance didn’t include them in its own report. The Archbishop knows this is […]

In Nigeria rumours about being gay lead to court

This week in Aba state, Nigeria, the police put 40-year-old Benjamin Ndubuisi on trial for having gay sex with a 23-year-old man, based entirely on rumors. The police alleged that Ndubuisi, who they say is a pastor, had sex with a younger man, Ndukwe, who worked at his church, Ogbor Hill. They based their case […]

The crisis for the C of E will only intensify

The Church of England is in crisis. In an article for the Observer yesterday Robert McCrum argued that its position on women bishops and gay marriage has alienated much of society. The failure to secure a two thirds majority in the House of Laity for women in the episcopate last November heightened the crisis which […]

CA Sussex holds gay marriage debate in Brighton

On Friday 21st June approximately 200 people turned out to participate in a debate on gay marriage at St Mary’s Church in St James Street Brighton.  The event was organised by Changing Attitude Sussex. The principal speaker in favour of Same Sex Marriage was Simon Kirby, Member of Parliament for the constituency of Brighton Kemptown  […]