The Pilling Report Reviewed – No 8: The Bible, Sex & Love

I am nearing the end of Part 2 of the Pilling Report, which has the general title ‘Summarizing the Evidence’, and the penultimate section is headed Arguments about Scripture At eight pages it is relatively short. Frustratingly, like much that precedes it in Part 2, it is hard to see why the contents have been […]

Will Pilling and the House of Bishops engage with the full spectrum of experience?

Theology “must engage with our affective side, the emotions and feelings that arise from the experiences of exclusion and discrimination.” This statement comes from a review of a new book, Black Theology, in last Friday’s Church Times by Jesse Zink, Assistant Chaplain at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. The book’s author, Anthony Reddie, claims that black theology […]

Trying to make sense of the Archbishop of York’s speech in the Lord’s Equal Marriage debate

I read the speech the Archbishop of York made in yesterday’s debate in the House of Lords during the Committee Stage of the Same Sex Marriage Bill with an increasingly heavy, sad heart. My heart felt sad because I have known John for 35 years. We were at in Cambridge at the same time at different […]

Romans 1 – a question for Justin Welby

I’m writing a blog about yesterday’s Equal Marriage debate in the House of Commons, but first, because it’s a key text for Christian conservatives and because it’s in the lectionary today, some thoughts about Romans 1. I wonder how often those who use Romans 1.26 – 27 as the key text in support of their […]

Justin Welby speaks of stunning quality of gay relationships

Justin Welby gave an interview to the BBC which was broadcast on the Today programme this morning, the day he is to be enthroned in Canterbury Cathedral as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury. The new Archbishop said: “You see gay relationships that are just stunning in the quality of the relationship.” He told the BBC […]

Prejudice in the Church and why gay clergy tolerate hypocrisy

Yesterday I wrote about some of the parallels between the experience of women and LGB&T people in the Church of England having read Maggi Dawn’s recently published book Like the Wideness of the Sea: Women bishops and the Church of England. Maggi identifies flourishing as a quality obviously desired by God for humankind. It is […]

What does the Christian alternative to same-sex marriage look like?

I travelled to Bath yesterday evening for a public debate on the Same Sex Marriage Bill organised by Don Foster, MP for Bath – who voted for the Bill in its second reading. The evening was chaired by Lynne Fernquest, Editor of the Bath Chronicle. Rev Kieren Bourne of the Living Springs Metropolitan Community Church […]

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. […]

Civil partnerships, the episcopate and the House of Bishops furore

I want to place as the foundation stone of this blog Jim Cotter’s Canticle for Christmas 3 based on John 1 from Out of the Silence to remind myself of the truth that convicts me as a follower of the way of Jesus the Christ. Light in darkness and truth in love is fundamental to my […]

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 […]