True God and false idols

20150414_102331compressed×300.jpg 225w,×75.jpg 56w” sizes=”(max-width: 336px) 100vw, 336px” />Reading John 20.11-18 this morning, I concluded that Judaism and Islam are wise in not allowing images. Mary of Magdala wants to know who removed the body of Jesus and where this person has taken the body so that she can take it away herself and reinter […]

From the personal to the infinite

Reflections on receiving an MBE for work towards equality in the Church Sanjay Kumar, a trustee from the earliest days of Changing Attitude, was one of the trustees past and present who came to the celebration following the Investiture on Friday. Sanjay gave me a card in which he quoted Mattie Stepanek: “Unity is Strength […]

A South African bisexual offers wisdom that might benefit English bishops

Zinana Monwabisi Mbulelo

Zinana Monwabisi Mbulelo is a friend of mine on Facebook, a student at Central Johannesburg College. At 25, he has a remarkable, visionary wisdom, deeply spiritual but most definitely not restricted within a traditional, orthodox Christian pattern. Yesterday he wrote by chance a lengthy comment which reinforced what I was trying to say in my […]

Teilhard de Chardin, the zest for life, and human flourishing

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

For the past two weeks my attention has been focused on writing a response to the Shared Conversations paper prepared for General Synod, to the legal status of lesbian and gay clergy who marry, and the temptations of taking part in a Channel 4 programme. All this activity intrudes on my need for reflective space, […]

Time to bless lesbian and gay relationships in church

The right wing conservative Christian narrative would claim that they, traditional, orthodox, Bible-believing Christians, are being persecuted and marginalized because of the demands made by “homosexual activists” in Western nations. This at least is the claim of an American article published by Way of Life Literature, Inc. titled What Rights Will Others Lose When Homosexuals […]

Unadulterated Love 2014

What does the landscape look like as we approach 2014 – the landscape of the Church of England and the Anglican Communion – for Christianity, for Changing Attitude and the attitude of the Church towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight people? Every day I find myself wondering what the Church thinks its primary mission […]

The Gospels of Conditional and Unconditional Love

I stayed in Cambridge last week with a gay priest friend who recommended Jeremy Young’s book The Cost of Certainty: How religious conviction betrays the human psyche (2004, DLT, ISBN 0232525803). My copy arrived yesterday and reading the first four pages has given me material for a timely blog. Young expresses succinctly the Gospel as […]

The crisis for the C of E will only intensify

The Church of England is in crisis. In an article for the Observer yesterday Robert McCrum argued that its position on women bishops and gay marriage has alienated much of society. The failure to secure a two thirds majority in the House of Laity for women in the episcopate last November heightened the crisis which […]

Gay marriage – the Church of England’s Alice in Wonderland world


Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. What a mess the Archbishop of Canterbury is getting the Church into. Yesterday he spoke in the House of Lord’s opposing the government’s gay marriage bill. He issued several warnings. He warned that it will create “different and unequal” forms of marriage that will undermine family life. He warned […]

Equal marriage, creation, evolution and the new paradigm

We, individual human beings, on different continents, in different cultures and in various communities of faith, are living with dramatically different paradigms, worldviews and attitudes towards the fundamentals of human life and behaviour. Religious and secular values look to be irreconcilable between so many parts of the human global community – Israel and Palestine, Islam […]