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). […]

Like the wideness of the sea – a prophetic vision of women and LGB&T people in the Church of England

I read Maggi Dawn’s recently published book Like the Wideness of the Sea: Women bishops and the Church of England at the weekend. Last week I read Sarah Maxwell’s Transcendent Vocation: Why gay clergy tolerate hypocrisy. I’d like to draw from both books in a series of blogs that address the environment of the Church […]

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. […]

The Church of England’s Autumn Revolution

It is nearly two years ago since the first manifestation of the Arab Spring was marked by demonstrations following a self-immolation in Tunisia on 18 December 2010. A revolutionary wave of demonstrations, protests, civil uprisings and wars erupted across the Arab world. I speculated with friends as to whether or when a similar revolution might […]

Reform and Forward in Faith achieve unexpected success

Members of General Synod and of WATCH were still angry this morning about yesterday’s vote. The motion was lost by 6 votes in the House of Laity whereas overall 74% of Synod members voted in favour and 42 of the 44 dioceses had voted in favour. Much spinning of percentages and research evidence took place […]

The first woman bishop in the Anglican Church in South Africa consecrated

Today, the new Bishop of Swaziland, the first woman to be consecrated in the Anglican Church in Southern Africa, was consecrated. Here is the Archbishop of Cape Town, ++Thabo Makoba’s account of the service: And now our task has been completed! It is done! Welcome to Bishop Ellinah! We formed into three processions, and, like […]

A safe, gender neutral space

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http://changingattitude.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Gender-Neutral-Restroom-300×249.jpg 300w” sizes=”(max-width: 324px) 100vw, 324px” /> The ‘neutral gender bathroom’, specially designated in the Indiana Convention Centre for those attending the General Convention 2012, has been a cause of some mirth. Even TransEpiscopal delegates, pleased to see that the organisers had addressed the request for this facility for transgender people, were amused by the […]

Women who changed the Church

Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves

I now have many impressions of America and of the Episcopal Church after attending General Convention 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. One of the most striking is the way people are so positive, not only about their Christian faith, but about being members of the Episcopal Church. Time and again I’ve heard people say, ‘I love […]

Lesbians strive to end economic and social discrimination

Discrimination hurts many women economically and socially, but it has an even greater and sometimes dangerous impact on lesbians, according to a group of women working on lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights in dozens of countries. The women, most of them lesbians, discussed their experiences at a session called “Economic Justice for Lesbian Women: Setting […]

The world of lesbians in Nigeria

The African society views same-sex relationships as repulsive. Yet in Nigeria, homosexuals live among us. A few hide their status from the world’s prying eyes, while the majority however do not care. Some of them take Ruth Olurounbi through their worlds, insisting that they have been unfairly judged and misunderstood. Her report: Temitope Ali (not […]