Address by the Revd Colin Coward, Director of Changing Attitude, given in Westminster Abbey to Westminster School

On 25th February 1308 the coronation of King Edward II and Queen Isabella took place in this Abbey. Edward was 23 years old, Isabella just 12 years old. Henry Woodlock, Bishop of Winchester crowned them because Robert Winchelsey, Archbishop of Canterbury was out of the country at the time, suspended by the Pope at the […]

Archbishop of Canterbury preaches at opening service of ACC14 in Kingston, Jamaica

The Archbishop of Canterbury preached at a service to mark the Anglican Consultative Council meeting in the National Arena in Independence Park, Kingston. Some 8,000 people filled the indoor arena which had been transformed into a liturgical space overnight. The service was short by Jamaican standards at 2½ hours but in all other respects was […]

Holy Irrelevant? The Church and LGBT Affirmation – A sermon preached at Trinity College, Dublin

Nicodemus came to Jesus by night. How is it possible to be born again? asks Nicodemus. LGBT affirmation in the church isn’t irrelevant to me. I am a gay man, a priest in the Church of England and now an activist working for change in the church‘s attitudes to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people. […]

Inequality Now, address at ‘Caught in the Crossfire’ London conference

by Revd Clare Herbert, Rector of St Anne’s Soho, London Speaking as a lesbian, an Anglican priest and one who enjoys an extremely happy civil partnership (with someone who looks remarkably like the person chairing this conference) I suspect that I am in a very small minority within the Church of England. All I can […]

Conservative Primates force homosexuality to top of the agenda

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, preached at evensong in the 13th-century St Patrick’s cathedral in Armagh on Tuesday evening. Thirty-five of the 38 primates who head the provinces of the 77 million-strong worldwide Anglican Communion are meeting at the Dromantine Centre, a Roman Catholic monastic retreat near Armagh. Just three are missing, for […]