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9September 2014: Press Release: FOR IMMEDIATE USE: LGBTI ANGLICAN COALITION SUPPORTS CHURCH OF ENGLAND’S SHARED CONVERSATIONS 

 

From 15 to 17 September, the College of Bishops of the Church of England will be meeting for two days to start the process of Shared Conversations on Sexuality, Scripture and Mission. 

 

The LGBTI Anglican Coalition welcomes this first step and our members will be praying for a successful outcome to the meeting.  Although we have reservations about the context in which this is taking place – articulated very clearly in the recent letter sent from the Trustees of Changing Attitude to all those attending the meeting – nevertheless we welcome the initiative, and hope it bears fruit............

 

For the full statement and link to the Changing Attitude Letter: Click Here

27 September 2014  10:30-16:00: Event:  "TO HAVE AND TO HOLD - THE THEOLOGY OF MARRIAGE". SATURDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER AT ST JOHN'S WATERLOO

 

For the Workshop topics: Click here

27 September 2014  10:30-16:00: Event:  "TO HAVE AND TO HOLD - THE THEOLOGY OF MARRIAGE". SATURDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER AT ST JOHN'S WATERLOO

 

Queries: conferences@lgbtac.org.uk

Bookings: www.ToHaveAndToHoldTheTheologyOfMarriage.eventbrite.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A one-day conference on the theology of marriage in the light of equal marriage

 

St John’s Church, Waterloo Road, London SE1 8TY

Saturday 27th September, 2014, 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. with:

 

Professor Adrian Thatcher, University of Exeter

Rev Dr Charlotte Methuen, University of Glasgow

Dr Scot Peterson, Oxford University

Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham

 

Hosted by the LGBT I Anglican Coalition

 

Recognising current unease in the Church of England over same-sex marriage, the conference will ask whether there is a theological basis for expanding the definition of marriage. If so, what might a theology of equal marriage include?

 

£25/£10 concessions including lunch

Queries:

conferences@lgbtac.org.uk

Bookings:

www.ToHaveAndToHoldTheTheologyOfMarriage.eventbrite.co.uk

 

For further information and for the flyer Click Here

7 May 2014 : Advice:  INFORMATION FOR CLERGY WHO ARE CONTEMPLATING ANY ACTION WHICH CHALLENGES THE PASTORAL GUIDANCE RECENTLY ISSUED BY THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE.

In circumstances where clergy are contemplating any action which challenges the pastoral guidance currently issued by the Church of England on Same-Sex marriage, the Coalition may be contacted on contact@lgbtac.org.uk for further advice.

27 September 2014  10:30-16:00: Event:  "TO HAVE AND TO HOLD - THE THEOLOGY OF MARRIAGE". SATURDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER AT ST JOHN'S WATERLOO.  

 

Keynote speakers: Adrian Thatcher, Charlotte Methuen.

 

Save the Date!

17 May 2014  10:30-16:00 : Lecture: INCLUSIVE CHURCH 2014 LECTURE “WHATEVER HAPPENED TO LIBERAL CHRISTIANITY”

 

The lecture will take place on Thursday 10th July, 6-8 p.m.  at All Saints, Pavement High Ousegate, York YO1 8RZ. It is taking place in York to coincide with the beginning of General Synod.

 

The 2014 Inclusive Church Lecture will be given by Linda Woodhead. Linda is the Professor of Sociology of Religion at Lancaster University. Many will be aware of Linda’s recent contribution to the Church Times ‘Church Health Check’ series.

 

Free tickets for the Lecture are available at:  www.iclecture2014.eventbrite.co.uk 

 

The event will include the Annual General Meeting of Inclusive Church and an opportunity to preview the first 2 books in the Inclusive Church book series. Published by Darton, Longman and Todd the first books will be on Mental Health and Disability. Pre-launch books will be available.

 

It would be great to have a large number of Inclusive Church members and supporters at this event.

 

17 May 2014  10:30-16:00 : Workshop: "LIVING IN PROPHETIC HOPE" CHANGING ATTITUDE GREATER LONDON EVENT

ST MARTIN-IN-THE-FIELDS LONDON WC2N 4JJ

 

 

This workshop prays through and with the stories of individuals who have tapped into prophetic hope in the midst of homophobic oppression. It focuses on the story of the martyred Ugandan organizer David Kato, who, with his religious and secular friends, resisted the anti-gay witch-hunts in his own country; and it focuses on the stories of local panelists from Africa and Britain, who have fought for LGBTI and immigrant justice here in London. Through discussion, reflection, and prayer, we hope to discover the ways that God is stirring up prophetic hope in our own lives.

 

For more information Click Here 

 

 

28 March 2014:Press Release: JOINT PRESS RELEASE FROM THE CUTTING EDGE CONSORTIUM AND THE LGBTI ANGLICAN COALITION

 

RELIGIOUS LEADERS SUPPORT MARRIAGE FOR SAME-SEX COUPLES

 

A number of religious leaders have signed the statement below. A press conference and photo-call will be held at Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ at 11 am on Friday 28 March 2014.

 

We rejoice that from tomorrow same-sex couples will be able to marry in England and Wales.

 

As persons of faith, we welcome this further development in our marriage law, which has evolved over the centuries in response to changes in society and in scientific knowledge.

 

We acknowledge that some (though not all) of the faith organisations to which we belong do not share our joy, and continue to express opposition in principle to such marriages. We look forward to the time, sooner rather than later, when all people of faith will feel able to welcome this development.

 

Click Here for the list of signatories and for the full document

 

1 March 2014: Article: CRACKING THE BINARY CODE: BENNY HAZLEHURST

 

This paper offers a critique of the ‘binary’ nature of much biblical interpretation and ethical belief in the Church, rejecting simplistic ‘either-or’ approaches to both. Instead there is offered an interpretation of key biblical texts through the lenses of circumstances, needs and motivation. It is argued that, when these factors are taken into account, even for Evangelicals, there is no longer a substantive biblical case against the acceptance of faithful, loving same-sex partnerships and the development of a positive Christian ethic for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. At the very least, the complexity of the interpretive task must lead to greater openness to and acceptance of those from whom we differ.

 

To read the article Click Here

The web link for the publication  is http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/anv.2014.30.issue-1/issue-files/anv.2014.30.issue-1.xml  and the article is called "Cracking the Binary Code". There is a short introduction to in on the Accepting Evangelicals Blog - http://www.acceptingevangelicals.org/2014/03/cracking-the-binary-code/ 

21 February 2014: Open Letter: LGBTI ANGLICAN COALITION OPEN LETTER TO HOUSE OF BISHOPS REGARDING PASTORAL GUIDANCE ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE, ISSUED 14 FEBRUARY 2014

 

The statement on the Pastoral Guidance on Same Sex Marriage, issued by the House of Bishops 14 February 2014 has caused a great deal of anger and dismay amongst the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Communities, not least because its tone and action has foreclosed on many of the issues which should be the subject of the facilitated discussions called for in the Pilling Report. We remain committed to these discussions but given the breakdown in trust which has resulted from recent actions it is now even more important that these conversations take place in a way which is not only impartial, but which is seen to be impartial by all of the bodies that are concerned.

 

We look forward to the opportunity of continued debate, and the open letter, attached, which has been sent to the House of Bishops of the Church of England is intended to help to rebuild some of the ground upon which the debate may take place.

 

To read the full Open Letter Click Here

16 February 2014: Press release: LGBTI ANGLICAN COALITION RESPONSE TO THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND HOUSE OF BISHOPS PASTORAL GUIDANCE DOCUMENT ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE. ISSUED 14 FEBRUARY 2014

 

The LGBTI Anglican Coalition is appalled by the House of Bishops’ recently-issued Pastoral Guidance on Same Sex Marriage, especially in the light of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s presidential address in which it was stated that differing views should be accepted in a spirit of ‘good disagreement’. In this document we see no acceptance of disagreement at all, but instead a heavy-handed and legalistic imposition of discipline.

 

This guidance is wrong in tone and content, and will further damage the Church’s mission, not only to LGBTI people, but to all people of goodwill who respect justice and truth. It may seek to carry disciplinary authority, but it has no moral authority and cannot command respect. We hope and pray that it will be swiftly withdrawn.

 

To read the full release Click Here

26 January 2014: Information: NEW ARTICLE.

 

The following article has been placed on the Research section of this website

THE PILLING REPORT: A DETAILED ANALYSIS BY CHRISTINA BEARDSLEY, FOR CHANGING ATTITUDE, ENGLAND

 

Please note that the material contained in this section is provided for information only. It does not represent the current policy or the current attitude of the LGB&T Anglican Coalition, or any of its constituent groups.

 

To read the document: Click Here

 

Please Click Here or click on the "Research" button to see the list.

23 January 2014: News: NEWS FROM THE GOVERNMENT EQUALITIES OFFICE

Equal Marriage

Following the December announcement of the timetable for implementing the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, the Government has today laid before Parliament a series of Statutory Instruments which (subject to the approval of Parliament) will:

 Enable same sex couples to marry in civil and religious ceremonies from 29 March 2014

 Allow marriages of same sex couples in in some British consulates and armed forces bases overseas, and make arrangements for marriages of same sex couples in military chapels, from 3 June 2014.

Civil Partnership Review

The Government has today published a consultation paper on the future of civil partnership in England and Wales. This is the full public consultation required as part of the review of the Civil Partnership Act 2004 under the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013. The consultation runs until 17 April 2014.

Click Here for more information and to respond to the consultation:

13 December 2013: Press Release: FOR IMMEDIATE USE: PRESS RELEASE IN RESPONSE TO THE REPORT FROM THE HOUSE OF BISHOPS’ WORKING GROUP ON HUMAN SEXUALITY (THE PILLING REPORT)

 

The LGB&T Anglican Coalition welcomes the publication of The Pilling Report and we appreciate that it was made public so soon.

 

It is good that the report recognises the diversity of theological views on this issue, including within the Evangelical wing of the Church. We are glad that the report denounces homophobia (though it is not clearly enough defined). We believe that it makes it easier for clergy to bless partnerships publicly and it calls for further discussion to try to discern where the Spirit is leading the church.

 

It is also good that LGB&T clergy will not face intrusive questioning though they are still asked to promise to abide by a code which would exclude most from the kind of loving and supportive relationship which others can enjoy.

We are disappointed that the Report has only mentioned rather than included transgender people in the discussion, despite submissions from transgender and LGB&T Christian organisations.

 

We are also disappointed that no liturgy of thanksgiving or blessing is proposed, but overall we are thankful for the working party’s effort. We trust and hope that the report may move the Church of England forward.

 

The LGB&T Anglican Coalition and its member organisations stand ready to support the proposed facilitated conversations both in Dioceses and nationally. We look forward to being fully included in all steps to help the Church of England find a way forward and we value the Pilling report as a useful contribution to the coming debate

 

We are also convinced that there must be a greater openness to, and a wider understanding, of the extensive range of scientific and theological work that has been, and is currently being undertaken on transgender issues and same-sex issues in addition to those relied upon within the report. We believe that what is presented there is insufficient to provide a strong and reliable foundation for the proposed conversations and we trust that these issues will be further addressed in the coming debate.

 

Click Here for the Press Release

13 December 2013: Information: COMMENTS BY SOME LGB&T ANGLICAN COALITION MEMBER GROUPS ON THE REPORT FROM THE HOUSE OF BISHOPS’ WORKING GROUP ON HUMAN SEXUALITY (THE PILLING REPORT)

 

Individual member groups have issue their own press statements and comments on the Pilling Report

 

For links to these Click Here

10 December 2013: Information: EQUAL MARRIAGE: GOVERNMENT SETS THE DATE FOR FIRST CEREMONIES

 

The Government in Westminster has announced the timetable for the implementation of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act in England and Wales.

 

Same-sex couples will now be able to get married in a registry or approved religious premises from 29 March 2014.

16 November 2013: Information: NEW ARTICLE.

 

The following article has been placed on the Research section of this website

 

A REASSESSMENT OF THE TRADITIONAL CHRISTIAN TEACHING ON HOMOSEXUALITY, TRANSSEXUALITY AND ON GENDER AND SEXUAL VARIATION USING A NEW NEUROPHYSIOLOGICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL APPROACH: BY SUSAN GILCHRIST

 

Please note that the material contained in this section is provided for information only. It does not represent the current policy or the current attitude of the LGB&T Anglican Coalition, or any of its constituent groups.

 

To read the document: Click Here

 

Please Click Here or click on the "Research" button to see the list.

15 November 2013: Information: SAME-SEX MARRIAGE, ON TRANSGENDER ISSUES, WHERE ARE WE NOW?

 

WHY YOU SHOULD WRITE TO YOUR MP.

 

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 was given Royal Assent on 17 July 2013, which means that “marriage of same sex couples is lawful”. Except that, currently, there’s no mechanism to “solemnise” them . In order for an Act of Parliament to take effect, it’s not sufficient for it to be passed and granted Royal Assent. It must be enabled, and this is done by a series of Statutory Instruments.

 

There are a number of areas which affect transgender people that should be of concern. Please read the article available via the link and make your views known to your Member of Parliament.

 

To access the document Click Here

2 November 2013: Information: NEW RESEARCH TAB.

 

A new Research Tab has been created on this website

 

THIS SECTION CONTAINS ARTICLES AND PAPERS WHICH EXPLORE CURRENT ISSUES CONCERNING LGB&T MATTERS. THESE ARE INTENDED TO INFORM AND TO EXPLORE NEW ISSUES IN THE CURRENT DEBATE

 

Please note that the material contained in this section is provided for information only. It does not represent the current policy or the current attitude of the LGB&T Anglican Coalition, or any of its constituent groups.

 

Please Click Here or click on the "Research" button to see the list.

1 November 2013: Information: PREPARING FOR PILLING.

 

 In December 2013, the House of Bishops will receive a report into the Church of England's "Approach to Human Sexuality" from a group chaired by Sir Joseph Pilling. It is understood that the report will then be discussed by the full College of Bishops in January 2014

 

When the House of Bishops established the review in July 2011 it did so because it wished “To offer proposals on how the continuing discussion within the Church of England about these matters might best be shaped in the light of the listening process. Our intention is to produce a further consultation document” The Pilling report will therefore be a report to the House of Bishops and it will then be for the House to decide, in the light of the report, what proposals and process of consultation it wishes to launch.

 

The LGB&T Anglican Coalition expresses its appreciation of the discussions it has already had with the Archbishop of Canterbury, and it is now understood that the outcome of these talks will be subsumed into the Pilling Report. There are already leaks about what the Pilling report may contain. See for example:

http://www.thinkinganglicans.org.uk/archives/006294.html and clearly a period of intense discussion lies ahead. It is important that all those who wish to contribute to these matters participate in the debate.

 

20 September 2013: Notice of Event: TAKING A CHANCE ON GOD

 

TAKING A CHANCE ON GOD

2 November 2013: 10:30-17:00 at

St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London

 

A day long workshop for LGBTQ Christians and their friends.

 

How are we called to be disciples and leaders? What does our experience as LGBTQ Christians, or as straight friends, teach us about trust, faith, and spiritual growth?

 

This day long workshop in the heart of London at historic St. Martin-in-the-Fields offers fellowship, input, and space for those who feel called to deeper reflection, and for those who feel inspired to spirit-led action.

 

For more information: Click Here

20 September 2013: Comment: CHURCH OF IRELAND APPOINTS THE FIRST UK AND IRELAND'S WOMAN BISHOP

 

The Church of Ireland has appointed the UK and Ireland's first woman bishop. The Reverend Pat Storey, a rector in Londonderry, was elected by the Church of Ireland as the Bishop of Meath and Kildare. For details see:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-foyle-west-24171855

12 September 2013: Comment: CHURCH IN WALES APPROVES WOMEN BISHOPS.

 

Women bishops will be allowed in the Church in Wales following a landmark yes vote. Bishops within the Church tabled a bill calling for the change and it was finally accepted by its governing body after a previous vote in 2008 narrowly failed. In the breakdown of the current vote, the laity voted 57 for, 14 against, with two abstentions; the clergy section saw 37 voting for and 10 against, while the bishops voted unanimously in favour.

 

The Venerable Peggy Jackson, Archdeacon of Llandaff, Cardiff,  said: "This morning I wake up in a completely different world."  yesterday's vote "was the day discrimination against women came to an end" but she added that people from both sides of the argument had to live together.

 

The Church of Ireland gave approval for women bishops in 1990 when its own General Synod passed legislation to ordain women as priests and bishops. In June 2003 the Church in Scotland voted to allow women to assume the rank. Now only the Church of England remains out of step. It is hoped  that the voting in the November General Synod of the Church of England will rectify what is considered by many to be a gross injustice in the Church.

 

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/12/female-bishops-church-in-wales

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-24036142

http://www.thinkinganglicans.org.uk/archives/006232.html

28 August 2013: Resource Document: CHURCH VIEWS ON SEXUALITY: THE MIDDLE GROUND. BY SAVRITI HENSMAN

 

It is clear that Christians hold a spectrum of views on sexuality and marriage. However, the popular idea that there are two warring blocks that may be labelled ‘traditionalists’ and ‘revisionists’ is simplistic and can be misleading as well as unhelpful.

 

Current tensions could be reduced and reframed significantly if more church leaders acknowledged the extent of common ground in the middle of this continuum, allowed limited flexibility of practice, and enabled their communities to develop practices of discernment oriented towards the “grace and truth” (John 1.13-15) that lies at the heart of the Christian message.

 

In this paper, Ekklesia associate Savitri Hensman identifies seven widely held positions on sexuality. She suggests that those with supposedly diametrically opposing views often have more in common than they may at first think.

 

Equally, she argues, in Christian terms, that coexistence among those sharing a 'middle ground' is not about weak compromise, but instead reflects an approach both deeply rooted in Bible and tradition and open to change as a living community led by the Spirit.

 

 See: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/19512

 

Click Here for the full paper

 

This paper can also be found under the "Resources" section of the website.

28 August 2013: Comment: SPEECH BY THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY TO THE EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE

 

On the 28th August 2013, The Archbishop of Canterbury opened the new headquarters of the Evangelical Alliance. During his speech he told the audience that the Church must “repent” over the way gay and lesbian people have been treated in the past and said most young people viewed Christians as no better than racists on these issues. More to the point, he now understands just how dreadful conservative Christian attitudes seem to anyone under 35. He said "The vast majority of people under 35 think [the church's resistance to gay marriage] is not just incomprehensible but plain wrong and wicked, and they assimilate it to racism and other horrors." While the Church of England has yet to deliver on these issues, this gives hope of a greater awakening by the Church.

 

More comments and information are available on the “Thinking Anglicans” Website:

http://www.thinkinganglicans.org.uk/archives/006215.html 

 

The full video and audio of the speech and the subsequent Question and Answer session are now available on the Evangelical Alliance website, http://www.eauk.org/church/stories/official-opening-with-the-archbishop-of-canterbury.cfm 

17 July 2013: Information: EQUAL MARRIAGE BECOMES LAW

 

News from the Government Equalities Office

Equal marriage becomes law

 

17 July 2013

 

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill has successfully completed its parliamentary passage and today received Royal Assent.

 

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 will, for the first time, allow same sex couples to marry in England and Wales in a civil ceremony. It will also allow them to marry in a religious ceremony, where the religious organisation has opted in to such marriages and the minister of religion agrees.

 

The new legislation also reiterates the Government’s absolute commitment to religious freedom by ensuring that no religious organisation or individual minister can be forced to conduct same sex marriages.

 

It is noted that the Act now also includes requirement for the Secretary of State to arrange for a review of occupational pension scheme benefits provided to survivors of same sex and opposite sex couples in legal relationships, It is hoped that this review will take account of the circumstances of transgender people who were forced by law to dissolve their marriages before the present legislation was passed.

 

For more information Click Here

9 July 2013: Information: UPDATE ON THE HOUSE OF LORDS DISCUSSIONS OF THE EQUAL MARRIAGE BILL. 9 JULY 2013.

 

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill has successfully completed its Committee stage in the House of Lords. The next stage in the parliamentary process is Lords Report stage, when Peers have a further opportunity to debate the Bill in the main chamber of the House of Lords. The report stage is scheduled to take place on:

 

Monday 8 and Wednesday 10 July.

 

Over three days of Committee, Peers vigorously debated the detailed provisions of the Bill, giving it clause by clause scrutiny. 65 non-Government amendments were tabled, none of which were voted on so they did not result in changes to the Bill.

 

Government amendments were made to the Bill to clarify that public discussion or criticism of marriage, as regards the sex of the parties to marriage, would not of itself amount to an offence of stirring up hatred because of sexual orientation under the Public Order Act 1986 and also to amend the definition of the governing authorities able to give consent to same sex marriages for those of the Jewish religion, to reflect the current arrangements for the Jewish community. A number of technical amendments were also made, intended to make the Bill work better without changing its effect.

 

For more information please visit the DCMS website
Further information on the Bill and timetable is also

available on the Parliament website

 

1 June 2013: Information: HOUSE OF LORDS DEBATE ON THE EQUAL MARRIAGE BILL. 3 JUNE 2013.

PRAYER IN SUPPORT OF THE EQUAL MARRIAGE BILL

Many Anglicans, gay and straight, catholic, middle of the road and evangelical, support equal marriage. Changing Attitude England has joined the members of the LGB&T Anglican Coalition to offer prayerful support for the House of Lords as they prepare to debate the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill on Monday 3 June. This is a decisive moment for the Bill. A wrecking amendment has been tabled which could threaten its future progress.

We ask you to pray in love. Prayer does not change the mind of God. Offered in love, prayer has the power to change the future and to change us. Prayer offered in openness and trust can channel the infinite, tender love of God which is shared with every person irrespective of their gender, sexuality, race, whether they are people of faith or not.

Please Click Here for the prayer on Equal Marriage which is available on the Changing Attitude Website

3 May 2013: Press Release:  FOR IMMEDIATE USE:  PRESS STATEMENT ON: "MEN AND WOMEN IN MARRIAGE"

 

A DOCUMENT FROM THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND FAITH AND ORDER COMMISSION

 

The LGB&T Anglican Coalition wishes to register its dismay at men "Men and Women in Marriage", the recently published report from the Faith and Order Commission of the Church of England. Ostensibly an affirmation of what the Church of England believes about marriage, it appears, to us, to be merely an attempt to justify the Church of England's recent submission to the government opposing same sex civil marriage. It also makes specific and derogatory references to same-sex relationships.............

 

For the full statement Click Here

18 April 2013: News: LGB&T ANGLICAN COALITION MEETING WITH THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY

 

A meeting between the LGB&T Anglican Coalition and the  Archbishop has been arranged for the 18th April. Major points which the Coalition wishes to put to the Archbishop are as follows:

 

How does the Archbishop intend to get a better understanding and appreciation of the frustration LGBT Christians are experiencing in the Church of England and what plans does he have to address this? How aware is the Archbishop that some parishes are inhospitable places for LGB&T people? Will he take a lead in helping to make it a safer place for them? If so, how and when does he propose to do this? How much experience does the Archbishop have of transgender people, and what are his thoughts and plans for greater transgender inclusion in the Church of England. What are the Archbishop's views on the Church of England permitting churches to offer prayer and dedication (or prayer and thanksgiving) for couples who have had a civil partnership (or civil marriage) ceremony? What are the Archbishop's views on liturgies of blessing for same sex couples? What protection can clergy who are in Civil Partnerships expect from diocesan bishops who are openly hostile to such couples and are perceived as deeply homophobic? What opportunities might there be for the care of LGB&T ordinands at theological colleges? The Archbishop’s views on the need for greater education on LGB&T issues within the Church of England. The Archbishop’s views on the House of Bishops reports on Civil Partnerships and Human Sexuality.

 

Click Here for the full proposed agenda

 

8 February 2013: News: MEMORANDUM TO THE COMMITTEE STAGE OF THE MARRIAGE (SAME SEX COUPLES) BILL 2013

 

Summary:

 

The LGB&T Anglican Coalition is a coalition of all the groups working to encourage the Church of England to be more inclusive of LGB&T people. A clear majority of our organisations strongly support the proposed legislation, in particular we welcome the provision that religious bodies are allowed to opt in voluntarily; no religious body or individual is compelled to act against conscience; married transgender people who apply for full gender recognition will no longer have to dissolve their marriages. We have highlighted several specific issues, including matters that will need to be addressed when the Church of England considers whether or not to opt in, and in relation to religious employment.

 

For the full document Click Here

 

8 February 2013: Action:  PARLIAMENTARY SCRUTINY:

HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE MARRIAGE (SAME SEX COUPLES) BILL.

 

Please submit your views in writing to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee which is going to consider the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.

 

The Public Bill Committee of the House of Commons is now able to receive written evidence from external sources. The sooner you send in your submission, the more time the Committee will have to take it into consideration.

 

The Committee is expected to meet for the first time on Tuesday 12 February. The Committee will stop receiving written evidence at the end of the Committee stage on Tuesday 12 March 2013

 

For information and guidance on how to make your submission Click Here

25 January 2013: Lecture:WHOLLY HOLY: WHAT DOES THE IDENTITY OF BEING LGBT ADD TO THE IDENTITY OF BEING CHRISTIAN?”

 

A lecture given by the Revd Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, on Wednesday 30 January 2013.

 

Some Extracts.

To download the complete document, click on the link below:

 

…….And is there a place for LGBT persons in this model? Absolutely. They’re in the front seat of the van. Why? I’ll give you three reasons. One, because a terrifying, murderous and persecuted history, which has left LGBT persons so marginalised, scapegoated, and diminished in the church it’s astonishing they’re still here, makes LGBT persons almost uniquely qualified to identify with those people closest to Jesus’ heart, Jesus’ company, and Jesus’ ministry. After hundreds of years of seeing LGBT persons as living in Babylon, in an exile of their own making, the church is finally beginning to realize that they’re not in Babylon – they’re in Egypt, in a captivity imposed upon them by others. Of course LGBT persons are sinners – everyone is; but at last the church is beginning to recognize that this is a people incalculably more sinned against than sinning, with an inexhaustible store of wisdom and grace to teach their brothers and sisters…….

 

……LGBT people are made this way because God wanted ones like them to do a job no one else could do; and if the church is somewhat slow in affirming specific vocations and attending to long-hidden gifts it’s because it has hundreds of years of unlearning to do in breaking the habits of oppression and letting the Holy Spirit speak through an exiled people……..

 

…….What needs to happen now is repentance for the church’s ignorance and cruelty, a renewal of the church’s mission, and a reappraisal of the resources at the church’s disposal. And to lead the church as it discovers what it means to be a minority, to be misunderstood, mistrusted, and seen with contempt, who better to be its leaders and teachers than those who have been in that place all along. I wonder who those people might be…..

 

To download the complete document, click on the link below:

  

http://www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/wp-content/uploads/Wholly-Holy-Jan-30-2013.pdf

 

25 January 2013: Information: PROPOSED LEGISLATION ON EQUAL MARRIAGE

 

The information below has now been released. Please refer to it when you write your letter to your MP.

 

Equal Marriage Fact Sheet

Short Guide to the Equal Marriage Bill

Myth Buster Information

Press Notice

 

See also: http://www.culture.gov.uk/news/news_stories/9692.aspx

and: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/cbill/2012-2013/0126/en/2013126en.pdf

 

Click on the titles to download the documents.

9 January 2013: Invitation: INVITATION TO WRITE A LETTER TO YOUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT IN SUPPORT FOR EQUAL MARRIAGE

 

Dear Friend

 

As you may have seen from the recent press release, (which is available on the LGB&T Anglican Coalition website www.lgbtac.org.uk, and is also copied on the guidelines, see below) we have invited all of the constituent organisations of the LGB&T Anglican Coalition to encourage their members to write to their MPs as soon as possible to ask them to support the government proposals on equal marriage, and also to alert them to the need for a critical review of the so-called quadruple locks which are designed to protect those religious organisations that choose not to opt in.

 

You are invited to write to your MP as well

 

We strongly support the proposed legislation and we look forward to its implementation, but we are concerned that this should accurately reflect the will of Parliament and of the people and that it does not unduly defer to a minority group.

 

Click here for a copy of the guidelines, which you may wish to use in your letter.

 

Tina Beardsley

Susan Gilchrist

Elaine Sommers

Co-Chairs LGB&T Anglican Coalition

8 January 2013: Press Release: FOR IMMEDIATE USE. LGB&T ANGLICAN COALITION PRESS STATEMENT ON THE ADMISSION OF BISHOPS IN CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS TO THE EPISCOPATE

  

The LGB&T Anglican Coalition welcomes the House of Bishops decision, confirmed on the 4th January 2013*, to lift its moratorium of July 2011 on clergy in civil partnerships being nominated as episcopal candidates, even when living in conformity with the House of Bishops guidelines Issues in Human Sexuality.

 

The Bishops have decided that the requirements in its 2005 statement concerning the eligibility for ordination of those in civil partnerships, whose relationships are consistent with the teaching of the Church of England, will apply equally in relation to the episcopate.

 

We had been shocked and saddened by the imposition of the moratorium, pending the outcome of the review of civil partnerships by the House of Bishops working party chaired by the Bishop of Sodor and Man.  Although the lifting of the ban is only a small step it removes a glaring injustice, and was one of many recommendations in the LGB&T Anglican Coalition’s submission to the Church of England working party on civil partnerships.........

 

.........We are glad that the House has addressed this particular issue, but are surprised and disappointed that this appears to be the only outcome, even though the review was expected to be complete by the end of 2012. We look forward to seeing the full report

 

More...........   For the complete statement: Click Here

 22 December 2012: Event: BLESSED ARE THE BRAVE - A RETREAT
 FOR LGB&T AFFIRMING FAITH LEADERS:  JAN 25-27, 2013.
CORRYMEELA CENTRE, BALLYCASTLE. NORTHERN IRELAND

 

Many people of faith do not feel represented by the public voices who decry LGB&T lives, loves and stories. However, it can be difficult to find support and solidarity.  The Corrymeela Community is delighted to invite you to this residential retreat weekend. It will be a time to learn from and deepen our commitment to LGB&T voices of faith.

 

Website www.corrymeela.org.   Email retreats@corrymeela.org

 

Click Here to view the full invitation and details about this weekend

20 December 2012: Press Release: THE  SECOND LGB&T ANGLICAN COALITION PRESS STATEMENT ON EQUAL MARRIAGE

 

The LGB&T Anglican Coalition welcomes the government proposals published on 11 December, and in particular the following points:

 

• religious bodies are allowed to opt in voluntarily,

• no religious body or individual is compelled to act against conscience, and

• transgendered married people who apply for full gender recognition will no longer have to dissolve their marriages.

 

However, as Anglican Christians, laity and clergy, we are disappointed that the proposals to exclude both the Church of England and the Church in Wales appear to impose an additional barrier should these churches decide in future that they wish to marry same-sex as well as opposite-sex couples. If this were the case, it would reduce religious freedom.

 

As a Coalition we have repeatedly pointed out that the Church of England’s official submission did not reflect the views of the many members of the Church of England who are in favour of equal marriage, and we are also aware that there is support among many in the Church in Wales. These churches should be as free to opt in as any others.

 

The Archbishop of Wales has made it clear that any additional obstacle would be unwelcome. The Church of England’s leadership is reportedly shocked at such an outcome, though it appears to reflect precisely what the Church requested in its submission, published in June. Church reactions to the Government’s proposals do confirm that the Church of England’s official position is out of touch, not only with a significant number of its own members, but with the majority body of public opinion.

 

We will be advising the organisations in our coalition to invite all of their members to write to their MPs calling for a review of the implications of the so-called quadruple locks in the proposed legislation, especially the fourth, which relates to the Church of England and the Church in Wales. In our view this fourth lock would inhibit the religious freedom of the people we represent, and who are in favour of equal marriage in these churches.

 

For the complete statement document: Click Here

10 December 2012: Letter: TEXT OF A LETTER TO THE RIGHT REVD J.P. WELBY, ARCHBISHOP ELECT OF CANTERBURY.

 

Dear Bishop Justin,

 

We are writing as the current co-chairs of the LGB&T Anglican Coalition to congratulate you on your nomination as Archbishop of Canterbury, and to assure you of our prayers as you prepare to assume the responsibilities of your new office.

 

The Coalition was heartened by your first press conference, particularly your statement that ‘We must have no truck with any form of homophobia, in any part of the church’, and your desire ‘to listen very attentively to the LGB&T communities and examine ... [your] own thinking on sexuality prayerfully and carefully.’

 

We would add our hope and expectation that you will also extend this approach to gender identity in order to include transgender people.

 

As a coalition of eight organisations or groups* committed to and working for the full inclusion of LGB&T people within the Church of England, with many supporters, and our huge range of experience in this area, we hope that you will be willing to meet with us at an early stage as you ponder these particular issues.

 

With the working parties on civil partnerships and human sexuality, commissioned by the House of Bishops, due to report soon, and government proposals for equal civil marriage about to be unveiled, it seems likely that sexuality and gender, will be high on the Church of England’s agenda in 2013. We look forward to engaging in dialogue with you about these matters and how they affect the Church’s mission and its ministry to all people.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Christina Beardsley

Susan Gilchrist

Elaine Sommers

 

*see the Member Group Tab on this website for details.

9 December 2012: Press Release: THE LGB&T ANGLICAN COALITION PRESS STATEMENT ON EQUAL MARRIAGE

 

 

The LGB&T Anglican Coalition is delighted that David Cameron has said the government’s proposals on equal marriage will include an option for ceremonies to take place on religious premises.

 

This outcome concurs with our own submission to the government’s consultation, and those of our partner organizations.

 

It is a matter of regret that the latest official Church of England response makes absolutely no mention of the breadth of views on this matter within the Church itself.

 

ENDS

 

For the print version Click Here

13 November 2012: Press Release: THE LGB&T ANGLICAN COALITION WELCOMES THE APPOINTMENT OF THE BISHOP OF DURHAM, JUSTIN WELBY AS THE NEXT ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY.

 

The LGB&T Anglican Coalition welcomes the appointment of the Bishop of Durham, Justin Welby as the next Archbishop of Canterbury. In his press conference last Friday he said this about sexuality:

 

“We also face deep differences over the issue of sexuality. It is absolutely right for the state to define the rights and status of people co-habiting in different forms of relationships, including civil partnerships. We must have no truck with any form of homophobia, in any part of the church. The Church of England is part of the worldwide church, with all the responsibilities that come from those links. What the church does here deeply affects the already greatly suffering churches in places like northern Nigeria, which I know well. I support the House of Bishops’ statement in the summer in answer to the government's consultation on same sex marriage. I know I need to listen very attentively to the LGBT communities, and examine my own thinking prayerfully and carefully. I am always averse to the language of exclusion, when what we are called to is to love in the same way as Jesus Christ loves us. Above all in the church we need to create safe spaces for these issues to be discussed honestly and in love.”

 

We are grateful for Bishop Justin’s openness. We appreciate his commitment to engage in listening to LGB&T communities and to challenge homophobia throughout the church. We look forward to dialogue with him as he seeks the way forward for mission and ministry in the Church of England.

 

For a full copy of the Press Release Click Here:

 

13 November 2012: Event: TRANSPHOBIA REMEMBRANCE SERVICE 18 NOVEMBER 2012

 

A service of remembrance for those who died as a result of transphobia.

 

7:30 pm, Sunday 18th November 2012 St Columba's United Reformed Church, Alfred Street, Oxford 

 

All welcome

 

 

13 November 2012: Article: SHOULD EQUAL MARRIAGE BE REJECTED OR CELEBRATED BY CHRISTIANS?

SAVI HENSMAN

 

The possibility of opening up marriage in Britain by law to same-sex couples has been criticised by some Christians but welcomed by others. One of the more thoughtful critics is theologian John Milbank, who has eloquently expressed some common arguments against change. This response by Savi Hensman suggests that, while he raises important issues, his analysis is ultimately flawed. Taking into account such topics as tradition, sexual ‘complementarity’, childbearing and sacrament, there is a strong case for equal marriage.

 

http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/17245

 

This document has been added to the resources section of the website.

For the full document Click Here

 

13 November 2012: Article: JOURNEY TOWARDS ACCEPTANCE: THEOLOGIANS AND SAME-SEX LOVE

SAVI HENSMAN

 

In this paper, Savi Hensman gives a detailed overview of some of the most significant affirmative theological work on same-sex love and the Christian tradition. She demonstrates the unhelpful and simplistic positing of a straightforward 'conservative versus liberal' divide on these issues, and draws on Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Methodist, Reformed, Quaker and Anabaptist/Mennonite thinkers.

 

http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/17246

 

This document has been added to the resources section of the website.

For the full document Click Here

 

13 June 2012: Press Release: THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND IS MISSING THE POINT: 13TH JUNE 2012 - FOR IMMEDIATE USE

 

The Coalition has issued this comment on the official Church of England response to the Government consultation on Equal Civil Marriage.

 

The official Church of England response to the Government misses the key point. For many same-sex couples, equal marriage is not about legal rights, but a recognition that marriage offers something more – that marriage embraces something deeply spiritual which strengthens both the couple and society. In failing to recognise this, the Church of England has impoverished its own teaching on marriage.

 

As the recent letter to The Times by senior Church of England clergy noted, “The Church calls marriage holy or sacramental because the covenant relationship of faithful committed love between the couple reflects the covenanted love and commitment between God and his Church… So the fact that there are same-sex couples who want to embrace marriage should be a cause for rejoicing in the Christian Church.”

 

The widespread criticism of the statement from within the Church of England that has followed its publication reflects the scandalous lack of consultation in its preparation. There has been no discussion in the General Synod, or in the dioceses, and needless to say LGB&T members of the Church as represented by our Coalition partners, were also excluded from those discussions.

 

Click Here for the full Press Release.

21 April 2012: News:  KEYNOTE ADDRESS “MAKING SPACE FOR AN HONEST CONVERSATION”, BY THE BISHOP OF SALISBURY TO THE CUTTING EDGE CONSORTIUM CONFERENCE: 21ST APRIL 2012

 

"In British society, the game is up. Gay people are equal members of our society", said the Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt. Revd Nicholas Holtam, to the Cutting Edge Consortium Conference 21st April 2012.

 

......"So, increasingly, there is an evangelical imperative for the Church to recognise that covenantal same sex relationships can be Godly and good for individuals and society; that they are at least like marriage for heterosexuals, and this is a development that many Christians in good faith warmly welcome. For LGBT people it raises a question about whether marriage is what they want, but for us as a Church there are things to affirm in this development.

 

It is a disaster that we have allowed the Church to be seen as the opposition to equal civil marriage".

 

To read the full text of the address Click Here

 

For comment in the Daily Telegraph: Click Here

21 April 2012: News: GAY MARRIAGE: ANGLICAN BISHOPS AND SENIOR CLERGY BACK SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IN LETTER TO THE TIMES

 

The Church of England has "nothing to fear" from the introduction of gay marriage, according to a group of senior bishops and clergymen.

 

The influential Anglicans said the prospect of same-sex marriage should be a "cause for rejoicing" and argued the perception that the majority of the Christian Church opposed legalising it was wrong.

 

In a letter to the Times, the signatories which include members of the General Synod, the governing body of the church, and high-ranking clergy, said: "Recent statements by church leaders past and present may have given the impression that the Church is universally opposed to the extension of civil marriage to same-sex couples. We believe that does not adequately reflect the range of opinion which exists within the Church of England"....................

 

Click Here: to read the full text of the letter written to the Times by the bishops and clergy.

 

Click Here: to read the full Times article on the Times Website.

21 April 2012: News: ARCHBISHOP OF WALES SAYS GAY MARRIAGE DESERVES WELCOME OF CHURCH

 

Barry Morgan

Published in Wales Online on Apr 18 2012

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/

 

The Archbishop of Wales has lent his support to gay marriage today, saying: “All life-long committed relationships deserved the welcome, pastoral care and support of the Church."............

 

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21 April 2012: Event: CUTTING EDGE CONSORTIUM CONFERENCE

 

LGBT LIVES: ACHIEVING OUR EQUALITY - CHALLENGING FAITH-BASED HOMOPHOBIA & TRANSPHOBIA.

SATURDAY 21st APRIL 2012

 

The 3rd Faith & Belief, Homophobia, Transphobia & Human Rights Conference 2012 will take place on Saturday, 21 April 2012, at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL from 10am until 5pm.

 

Speakers will include Nicholas Holtam, the Bishop of Salisbury, Aidan O’Neill QC from Matrix Chambers, and Angela Eagle MP, Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, Andrew Copson from the British Humanist Association and Sarah Veale, Head of Equality at the TUC, Phyllis Opoku-Gymah PCS and Black PRIDE, and Jennifer Moses from NASUWT the education Union will also address the Conference.

 

To download the Conference Leaflet  Click Here

 

For online Conference registration please see the Conference page www.cuttingedgeconsortium.co.uk   or email cuttingedgeconsortium1@googlemail.com

CEC PO Box 24632 London E9 6XF

24 March 2012: News: SCREENING OF THE FILM

"LOVE FREE OR DIE", THE STORY OF GENE ROBINSON,  AT THE 26TH BFI GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL

 

On Saturday 24th March the BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival  will be screening the Sundance Film Festival-selected 'Love Free or Die', the inspirational story of the first openly gay and partnered Bishop in Christendom, Bishop Gene Robinson, in his courageous ministry and efforts to develop the Church's relationship to its LGB&T members (including making a UK visit to Lambeth!)

Photo: Peter Carey

 

Click on the link for details: http://www.bfi.org.uk/llgff/node/1661

15 March 2012: NEWS: GOVERNMENT EQUAL CIVIL MARRIAGE CONSULTATION

 

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/equal-civil-marriage

 

This consultation sets out the government's proposals to enable same-sex couples to have a civil marriage.

 

The key proposals of the consultation are:

 

  • to enable same-sex couples to have a civil marriage i.e. only civil ceremonies in a register office or approved premises (like a hotel)

  • to make no changes to religious marriages. This will continue to only be legally possible between a man and a woman

  • to retain civil partnerships for same-sex couples and allow couples already in a civil partnership to convert this into a marriage

  • civil partnership registrations on religious premises will continue as is currently possible i.e. on a voluntary basis for faith groups and with no religious content

  • individuals will, for the first time, be able legally to change their gender without having to end their marriage

 

Current legislation allows same-sex couples to enter into a civil partnership, but not civil marriage. The full details of the consultation are included in the consultation document and impact assessment files which are available to download. Click on the links below.

 

Equal civil marriage consultation (PDF file - 333kb)

 

Impact assessment (PDF file - 399kb)

 

To respond online click here

https://www.homeofficesurveys.homeoffice.gov.uk/v.asp?i=48356xhlqw

 

The consultation closes on 14 June 2012.

 

14 March 2012: News: THE TIMES INTERVIEWS THE DEAN OF ST ALBANS, DR JEFFREY JOHN

 

Yesterday the Times published an interview with the Dean of St Albans, Dr Jeffrey John. "The Church is the last bastion of prejudice, says gay priest", by Ruth Gledhill.

 

The original report is behind the Times pay wall. However the full text of the Dean’s answers to Ruth Gledhill’s questions can be found using the link below.

 

http://www.thinkinganglicans.org.uk/archives/005412.html#more

 

9 February 2012: Press Release: REPORT ON THE LGB&T ACT OF WITNESS ON THE 9 FEBRUARY 2012

 

Talk with us not about us!

 

 

An Act of Witness took place at General Synod on Thursday, 9 February to draw attention to the extent to which the Church of England relies on the many hundreds of LGB&T clergy who minister faithfully across the Church of England despite the institutional prejudice and suspicion they often face. Over 40 members and supporters of the LGB&T Anglican Coalition greeted synod members as they entered Church House Westminster.

 

The Coalition has calculated that there are at least 1,500 LGB&T licensed clergy currently ministering in parishes, hospitals, diocesan offices and other ministries - over 13% of the total...........continued

 

TO DOWNLOAD THE COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE Click Here

 

TO DOWNLOAD HIGH RESOLUTION VERSIONS OF THE

PHOTOS  Click Here

9 February 2012: Press Release: RACIAL ABUSE AND THE ARCHBISHOP OF YORK

 

Following news reports that the Archbishop of York has received racist emails after his recent interview, in which he opposed the Government’s consultation on same-sex marriage, we wish to make it clear that the LGB&T Anglican Coalition stands against all forms of prejudice including racism. We totally condemn all such acts.

 

We believe that prejudice in any form can only be opposed by creating an environment of openness, listening and mutual respect, and it is in this spirit that we approach all of our discussions in the ongoing debate.

 

 

TO DOWNLOAD THE PRESS RELEASE Click Here

9 February 2012: Press Release: LGB&T ACT OF WITNESS

ON THE 9 FEBRUARY 2012

 

Talk with us not about us!

 

An Act of Witness will take place at General Synod on Thursday 9th February to draw attention to the many hundreds of LGB&T clergy who minister faithfully across the Church of England despite the institutional prejudice and suspicion they often face, and on whom the Church of England relies........ there is more

 

TO DOWNLOAD THE COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE Click Here

 

PLEASE JOIN US TOMORROW 9TH FEBRUARY FOR THE ACT OF WITNESS  WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE  STARTING  AT 8:45 AM IN DEANS YARD BESIDE WESTMINSTER ABBEY.  

Click here for a map.

 

 

 

 

2 February 2012: Press Release: "EMBRACE CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS" BISHOPS TOLD

 

The time has come for a change in stance on Civil Partnerships is the message from pro-gay groups in the LGB&T Anglican Coalition.

 

In its submission to the House of Bishops review group on Civil Partnerships, (made public today) the Coalition calls on the Church of England to allow churches to register Civil Partnerships, authorise services of Thanksgiving and Dedication, and end the ban on Bishops in Civil Partnerships.

 

With over 47,000 Civil partnerships have been registered by the end of 2010, the submission notes that "As social attitudes towards those in same-sex relationships have become increasingly open and accepting, the Church of England is becoming increasingly isolated. This is in turn damaging both our mission and our ability to provide pastoral care to those in our parishes, congregations, and clergy." On offering Civil Partnerships in Parish Churches, the Coalition has already identified 95 churches who want to press ahead but General Synod would need to approve the application. Although negative statements have been made by the Church of England's Press Office..................

 

more

 

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TO DOWNLOAD THE FULL LGB&T AC SUBMISSION TO THE HOUSE OF BISHOPS REVIEW GROUP ON CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS  Click Here

 

 

2 February 2012: Action: ACT OF WITNESS ON THE 9 FEBRUARY 2012

 

THERE WILL BE A SILENT ACT OF WITNESS IN DEANS YARD WESTMINSTER ON

 

THURSDAY 9TH FEBRUARY 2012,

 

ORGANISED BY THE LGB&T ANGLICAN COALITION, FOR THE THOUSANDS OF LGB&T  CLERGY WHO MINISTER IN THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND DESPITE THE DISCRIMINATION THEY OFTEN SUFFER

 

PLEASE DO COME AND SUPPORT US.

 

A PUBLICITY FLYER IS ATTACHED:

Click Here to Download the Flyer

 

PLEASE DISTRIBUTE THIS INFORMATION AS WIDELY AS POSSIBLE

 

There will be an Act of Witness in Deans Yard Westminster on Thursday 9th February - the final day of General Synod's meetings in London.

 

It will be a silent Act of Witness for the thousands of faithful LGB&T Clergy who minister in the Church of England despite the discrimination and suspicion which they often suffer.

 

We will congregate in Dean's Yard by the entrance to Church House at 8:30am on Thursday 9th February in time to welcome General Synod members as they arrive for the day's business. There will also be an opportunity for prayer and to give leaflets out to people arriving at Church House. The Act of Witness will end by 10:15am.

 

With the House of Bishops review group on Sexuality beginning its work shortly, this is an important opportunity to draw attention to the extent to which the Church of England relies on LGB&T clergy. We hope that you will be able to join us on the day.

 

The entrance to Dean's Yard is through the arch next to Westminster Abbey by the Abbey Bookshop.  The address is Deans Yard London, SW1P 3NY.

 

For more information please contact CCMCoward@aol.com

 

Click here for a map.

16 January 2012: PRESS RELEASE: 95 CHURCHES WANT TO REGISTER CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS

 

A limited survey by the LGB&T Anglican Coalition has already revealed that almost 100 Church of England churches would want to explore registering their buildings to offer Civil Partnerships - if the Church of England would allow it.

 

This comes as registration forms for religious buildings become available for the first time this month following the end of the Government ban in December.

The news that so many Anglican Churches would want to explore registration shows the disparity between the official stance of the Church of England and that of ordinary parishes.

 

More ............

 

To Download the Press Release Please Click Here

 

4 December 2011: Information: LAUNCH OF THE GOVERNMENT EQUALITIES OFFICE DOCUMENT; ADVANCING TRANSGENDER EQUALITY: A PLAN FOR ACTION

 

On the 4th December the Government Equalities Office launched the first ever cross-Government action plan to advance transgender equality - "Advancing transgender equality: a plan for action". It lays out the vision and the focus for commitment to deliver equality for transgender people. A copy of the plan may be accessed through the website below

 

This external website contains pastoral  and other documents relevant to the transgender community.

 

http://www.gndr.org.uk/transgender/index.htm

 

Pleas note that the LGB&T Anglican Coalition cannot be held responsible for the content of external websites

2nd August 2011: Press Release: THE LGB&T ANGLICAN COALITION OFFERS ASSISTANCE IN SEXUALITY REVIEWS

 

The LGB&T Anglican Coalition has written to the House of Bishops to offer its help in the forthcoming reviews on sexuality and the church.

 

Following his announcement of reviews on Civil Partnerships and Guidelines on Human Sexuality by the Bishop of Norwich, the LGB&T Anglican Coalition has written to the Rt. Rev Graham James welcoming the reviews, and offering to meet with him in the near future.

 

The letter states, "We are sure that you will want to consult widely in the review process, and would like to offer our services at an early stage. We hope you will welcome this offer to meet a small team representing the Coalition to discuss how our members can contribute to this work."

 

This offer stands in sharp contrast to claims made by Anglican Mainstream that such discussions have already been taking place during the past year..... Neither the Coalition nor any of its member groups have yet been invited to take part in conversations of this kind..................

 

For the Full Statement Please Click Here

 

For a Printable Version Please Click Here

 

17th June 2011: Action: GOVERNMENT'S CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS ON RELIGIOUS PREMISES CONSULTATION

 

The LGB&T Anglican Coalition, LGCM and Changing Attitude have submitted responses to the Government’s CP Consultation. We need as many people as possible to reinforce our arguments and we encourage you to submit your own response.

 

The Consultation document itself and the form are both lengthy! We have prepared brief responses to the key questions. You’re welcome to read everything and respond to all the questions but if you’re short of time, use the ideas contained in the link below to make a quick response. Change the "I" to "We"as appropriate.

 

Click Here for Suggested Responses

 

The Consultation can be found at:

 

 http://www.equalities.gov.uk/equality_act_2010/civil_partnership_consultation.aspx

 

The deadline for responses is 23 June 2011.

 

Please go to this site now and send your response – it will make a difference and encourage the Government to be radical in preparing the final legislation.

20 May 2011: Action: GOVERNMENT EQUALITIES OFFICE : TRANSGENDER EQUALITY ACTION PLAN

 

The Government Equalities Office will publish the first ever Government transgender equality action plan late in 2011. The action plan will outline commitments that the Government will deliver, within specific timescales, to improve equality for transgendered people.

 

The consultation process began in March 2010 . Documents which are relevant to the consultation can be found on the link below:

 

http://www.gndr.org.uk/transgender/government/government.htm

 

Click Here: to go to the relevant Government Equalities Office and to contribute to the Consultation

 

20 May 2011: Information: TRANSGENDER AWARENESS WEBSITE

 

This external website contains pastoral  and other documents relevant to the transgender community. To access it please click on the link below.

 

http://www.gndr.org.uk/transgender/index.htm

 

Pleas note that the LGB&T Anglican Coalition cannot be held responsible for the content of external websites

Friday 28 January 2011: News: ARCHBISHOP CONDEMNS MURDER OF UGANDAN GAY HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST

 

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams has made the following statement regarding the murder of the gay human rights activist David Kato Kisule in Uganda:

 

"The brutal murder of David Kato Kisule, a gay human rights activist, is profoundly shocking. Our prayers and deep sympathy go out for his family and friends - and for all who live in fear for their lives. Whatever the precise circumstances of his death, which have yet to be determined, we know that David Kato Kisule lived under the threat of violence and death. No one should have to live in such fear because of the bigotry of others. Such violence has been consistently condemned by the Anglican Communion worldwide. This event also makes it all the more urgent for the British Government to secure the safety of LGBT asylum seekers in the UK. This is a moment to take very serious stock and to address those attitudes of mind which endanger the lives of men and women belonging to sexual minorities."

 

For more information, please Click Here

17 November 2010: News: TRIBUTE TO SONIA JARDINIERE .

 

Sonia Jardiniere  (also known as Sonia Burgess) died at approximately 6:30 p.m. on the 25th October 2010 after she was seen to have been pushed under a tube train at King’s Cross Station. Sonia was a transgendered woman. Her alleged assailant who has been charged with murder is an asylum seeker and is also another transgendered woman.

 

Sonia was the finest immigration lawyer of her generation and was responsible for a number of trailblazing cases. She has also made an enormous, though largely hidden contribution to the integration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people into the mainstream Anglican Church.

 

On the 7th July 2010 the UK Supreme Court in a unanimous judgment ruled that homosexual asylum seekers should be granted refugee status if going home would result in them being forced to conceal their sexuality. Sonia posted a report on the case on the Sibyl’s Group Website which can also be accessed via the link below:

 

To See the Full Tribute, Sonia's report on the Supreme Court Judgement and Other Articles Please Click Here

11 October 2010: Press Release: TIME TO ACCEPT GAY BISHOPS SAYS ANGLICAN COALITION

 

In a recent interview with The Times the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, was unclear whether celibate but partnered gay clergy are acceptable as bishops in the Church of England. The archbishop stated his unwillingness to consider partnered gay men and lesbians as bishops because of their ‘particular choice of life, a partnership, and what the Church has to say about that.’ .........................

 

In a letter sent to the Archbishop, the Coalition criticizes the Archbishop’s remarks as ‘hurtful and undermining to the many lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people who have been called to ordained ministry but not to celibacy’. The Coalition calls the Church of England to a renewed study of sexuality in the light of modern scientific and theological understanding......................

 

To Download the Press Release and the complete text of the Letter Please Click Here

9 July 2010: PRESS RELEASE: SOUTHWARK FAILURE DAMAGES CHURCH OF ENGLAND

 

Both recent meetings of the Crown Nominations Commission to choose a new

bishop for the Diocese of Southwark have been the subject of serious leaks

to a newspaper. This has resulted in huge personal pain and distress for

one candidate, Dr Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans, for the second time in

seven years. It is particularly outrageous that some senior church

officials have suggested the leaks were engineered by supporters of Dr

John, rather than by those opposed to his nomination...................

 

To Download the Press Release Please Click Here

3 July 2010: MOVING FROM THE MARGINS TO THE HEART

 

A Service of Celebration for “Christians Together at Pride”, with the title of "Moving from the margins to the heart": took place at St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square London at 6pm on the day of the London Pride Parade. The Preacher was the Rev Canon Giles Goddard, chair of Inclusive Church, Priest in Charge of St John's Waterloo and Hon Canon of Southwark Cathedral .

 

To download a copy of the Sermon, please Click Here

13 June 2010: CHORAL EUCHARIST AT 11.00 ON THE 13th JUNE 2010 IN SOUTHWARK CATHEDRAL

 

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, the 26th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the USA, and the first woman primate in the Anglican Communion, will preach and preside at  the Choral Eucharist at Southwark Cathedral.

 

You and all your friends, relations, supporters and parishioners are invited to attend and to show your support for the Episcopal Church of the United States and its stand for an inclusive communion.

7 May 2010: PRESS RELEASE:  THE LGBT ANGLICAN COALITION REJOICES AT LOS ANGELES CONCECRATIONS

 

The LGBT Anglican Coalition rejoices that Diane Bruce and Mary Glasspool will be consecrated as bishops in Los Angeles on the 15th May.

 

The Revd Diane Bruce and the Revd Mary Glasspool were each elected by large majorities of the laity, clergy and bishops of the Diocese of Los Angeles. Subsequently, their elections were confirmed by clear majorities, both of the bishops with jurisdiction in The Episcopal Church of the United States and of the standing committees of that church’s dioceses................

 

To Download the Press Release Please Click Here

6 February 2010: SEXUALITY AND HUMAN FLOURISHING

 

A Day Conference to explore and celebrate our relationship with God, with each other, and with our inner selves

Church of the Ascension, Stirchley, Birmingham

 

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10 December 2009: PRESS RELEASE: LOS ANGELES AND UGANDA
 

The LGBT Anglican Coalition warmly welcomes the election of two new suffragan bishops for the Episcopal diocese of Los Angeles, and notes:

 

  • that the election has been carried out with a close regard to the norms and constitution of that church;

  • that its transparency contrasts favourably with the still opaque processes by which Church of England bishops are appointed......

 
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24 November 2009: OPEN LETTER TO THE ARCHBISHOPS OF UPPSALA AND CANTERBURY

 

As Anglican clergy and lay people, we were dismayed to see that there was no official representation from the Church of England or any other Anglican Church from the British Isles at the service of consecration of Bishop Eva Brunne of Stockholm and Bishop Tuulikki Koivunen Bylund of Härnösand...........

 

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