Sowing gender confusion

confused-300x199×199-75×50.jpg 75w” sizes=”(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px” /> It’s not listed as one of their principal ‘concerns’, but, according to this article Christian Concern is involved ‘with four separate cases of parents challenging decisions taken by schools and social workers, to let children transition to the opposite gender to which they were born.’ One of […]

There are no secrets – on trying not to stare into the darkness

sign in darkness×51.jpg 75w” sizes=”(max-width: 188px) 100vw, 188px” /> ‘There are no secrets’ is the title of director Peter Brook’s 1993 ‘Thoughts on Acting and Theatre’ which I was reading on the way to this year’s Greenbelt Festival. The phrase is likely to remind members of the Church of England of the Collect for Purity, ‘Almighty God, […]

Convergence and solidarity: Anglican rituals for transgender people

The Revd Dr Cameron Partridge testifying in support of D036 at General Convention 2015 in Salt  Lake City

For several years I’ve been saying that it’s ‘Time for T’ [i.e. for the affirmation and inclusion of transgender people]. Now that trans people have appeared on the covers of both ‘Time’ (Laverne Cox in 2014) and ‘Vogue’ (Caitlyn Jenner in 2015) magazines, a new tipping point appears to have been reached, albeit there is […]

Sybils Christian transgender group respond to Pilling Report

The Sibyls: Christian Spirituality Group for Transgender People Press release in response to the Report from the House of Bishops’ Working Group on Human Sexuality (the Pilling Report) The Sibyls welcomes the Pilling Report as a tentative first step towards equality for transgender, lesbian, bisexual and gay members of the Church of England, and affirmation […]

Explain the theological and scriptural arguments for homosexuality being acceptable to God

This challenging question started a new thread recently on the Changing Attitude Facebook page. The person who asked the question said: “I’m fairly new to Christianity, so I lack a great knowledge of theology and Scripture. We hear all the time about those scriptures which condemn homosexuality and the problem I have is that I […]

Bearing gifts: trans people’s giftedness

We come, bearing gifts

Trans people are not a problem for society or the churches – they are a gift. It is society, when its laws lag behind current knowledge, and the Christian church, when it prefers to judge rather than to love, that is the problem. In many traditional cultures, trans people were often the priests and shamans, […]

The Church of England, fear of change, and the True Self

“Perhaps loss is the price we pay for being human, for being beautifully fragile. In order for us to be human, things must change, things will and must get lost; we have to lose them in order to have new life and new possibilities.” “In Jesus Christ, God embraces a human life and shows us […]

We have a Gospel to proclaim!

“God is an intelligible space whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere. God is within all things, but not enclosed, outside all things, but not excluded, above all things but not aloof, below all things but not debased. God is supremely one and all-inclusive, God is therefore ‘all in all’” (1 Corinthians 15.28). […]

The Reformation Project: Advancing the kingdom, advancing equality

Matthew Vines loves God and happens to be gay. When reality won out during his sophomore year and he finally admitted to himself that he was gay, he was both relieved and crushed — relieved because everything that hadn’t made sense about his life finally did, and because love no longer seemed like an impossibility […]

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. […]