Living silence in the context of noise-inducing appointments

The Anglican Communion and the Church of England have created more disturbance and noise in recent weeks, the Communion by appointing the Nigerian bishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon as General Secretary of the Anglican Communion and the Church of England this week by appointing Prebendary Rod Thomas as bishop of Maidstone to minster to conservative evangelicals committed […]

Grace and Disagreement guide to conversations lacks personal experience

Letter to the Church Times and Church of England Newspaper 6 March 2015 Sir, There is a fundamental ingredient that is entirely missing from the Grace and Disagreement handbook and reader for the shared conversations. It is the witness and experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people who are already integral to […]

Living Reconciliation: Nothing about us without us

I’ve begun to read Living Reconciliation, written by Canon Phil Groves, Director of the Continuing Indaba project for the Anglican Communion and Angharad Parry Jones, who was the Communication and Resource Manager for the project. The book has a Foreword written by the Archbishop of Canterbury: Reconciliation is the heart of the gospel. The book […]

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 […]

The year we began to marry

The year twenty-fourteen saw a slow but further transformation of people’s attitudes towards Church of England teaching about homosexuality. Some individuals and couples have become more fearless, putting their faith in God and their love for their partner above the unloving, fearful teaching and dogma of the Church. People are rejecting the authority of bishops […]

CA England writes to the Archbishop of Canterbury

The Director and trustees of Changing Attitude England wrote to the Archbishop of Canterbury on 28 November 2014 expressing our concerns about the appointment of bishops in England and the homophobia and violence visited on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Africa, supported by members of the Anglican Communion. We have not yet received a […]

Progress report from the LGBTI Anglican Coalition on the Shared Conversations

Simon Sarmiento and Keith Sharpe, the Co-chairs of the LGBTI Anglican Coalition, briefed members of the LGBTI Anglican Coalition at a meeting in London on December 13, 2014 about the Mutual Conversations in the absence of David Porter who had to cancel at the last minute owing to a family bereavement. Keith outlined the history […]

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 […]

Shared Conversations – grounds for optimism?

I’m an eternal optimist. Even when confronted with apparently intransigent and unmoving situations or when living through dark times, something inside me continues to believe that the future will eventually be transformed by the creative good – the divine energy of love. Faith might be a good word to describe my optimism! My feelings about […]

The College of Bishops meet for Shared Conversations

This evening members of the College of Bishops, including the eight elected senior women, gather at Bosworth Hall Hotel and Spa, Market Bosworth to begin the Shared Conversations which will be rolled out across the dioceses and last for two years, culminating at the November 2016 meeting of the General Synod. Supporters of Changing Attitude […]