College of Bishops to discuss the Pilling Report

An additional meeting of the College of Bishops is being held on 27 January to discuss the report Pilling Report, the outcome of a working party of the House of Bishops appointed 18 months ago. The College of Bishops consists of all diocesan and suffragan bishops in the Church of England. The House of Bishops […]

Progress of equal marriage bill deepens challenge to the Church

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill was given a third reading in the House of Commons yesterday by 366 to 161, a majority of 205. On the Conservative benches 133 voted against the bill compared with 126 Tory MPs who voted in favour. A majority of Conservative MPs and DUP MPs from Northern Ireland feel […]

Church of England refuses to bless gay relationships – another nail in the coffin

Bishop of Coventry, Rt Revd Christopher Cocksworth

  The Church of England’s Faith and Order Commission has published a new report – Men and Women in Marriage. The Bishop of Coventry Dr Christopher Cocksworth, Chair of the Commission said yesterday, “…the document is clear that public forms of blessing belong to marriage alone.” So that’s it, the Church has spoken, faithfully covenanted […]

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 […]

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 […]

Church of England’s attitude to civil partnerships and same-sex marriage

The Church of England media centre has published a statement by the Rt Rev Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester on the publication of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill. The full statement can be read here. In the course of the statement, Bishop Tim says he welcomes the opportunity that civil partnerships have given to […]

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 […]

LGB&T Anglican Coalition Press Statement on the admission of Bishops in Civil Partnerships to the Episcopate

LGB&T Anglican Coalition Press Release 8 January 2013. For Immediate Use  The LGB&T Anglican Coalition welcomes the House of Bishops decision, confirmed on the 4th January 2013*, to lift its moratorium of July 2011 on clergy in civil partnerships being nominated as episcopal candidates, even when living in conformity with the House of […]

Changing Attitude asks for Sodor and Man working party report to be published

I’ve emailed the Rt Revd Robert Paterson, Bishop of Sodor and Man and Mr William Fittall, Secretary General of the General Synod and the Archbishops’ Council, asking that the report of the working party on civil partnerships be placed in the public domain. Transparency in the processes by which the Church of England reviews and revises […]

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 […]