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 […]

A health report on the C of E following the York Synod

I’m travelling home from York with time to reflect on the General Synod meeting. I have enjoyed many very good conversations with bishops, clergy and lay Synod members, other exhibitors and Synod staff members. I know Synod isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but Synod always restores my Anglican family connections, if not my sense of […]

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. […]

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 […]

RC Bishop of Shrewsbury’s toxic Christmas sermon to attack equal marriage

Today the Daily Mail reports that the Bishop of Shrewsbury, the Rt Revd Mark Davies will say in his sermon at the midnight mass this evening: “We think of the ideologies of the past century, Communism and Nazism, which in living memory threatened to shape and distort the whole future of humanity. “These inhuman ideologies […]

November Revolution update – women in the episcopate

I will write a second blog about the meeting two trustees and I had yesterday with Ben Bradshaw MP. Before I do, Ben asked if Changing Attitude would encourage our supporters to contact their MPs and encourage them to attend, speak and vote at the debate being held next Wednesday afternoon, 12 December, on an […]

Energising the C of E to radically inclusive mission and ministry

Clive, Hilary and Tina checking in at McKinsey's front desk

The trustees of Changing Attitude England met yesterday in central London, in a room overlooking Piccadilly Circus. A potential new lesbian trustee also joined us. The landscape in which our campaign for the full inclusion of LGB&T people in the Church of England is being progressed had changed dramatically following the no vote on women in […]

The deeper (mis)understandings which divide us

Many people have been busy investigating and analysing the reasons which led to the defeat of the women in the episcopate measure last week. The two conservative blocks represented by Reform and Forward in Faith provide the bedrock of opposition to the measure. They were supported by people who voted according to personal conscience or […]

God is an equality Creator

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. Galatians 5.6 The vote in the House of Laity which defeated the women in the episcopate legislation on Tuesday has created an eruption which will now ensure more rapid movement in the Church of England towards equality for lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual people […]