Category Archives: Marriage & sexuality

Responding to sexual abuse

The recent revelations of sexual abuse horrify us, particularly when the victims were children. It is one thing to feel horrified, another to respond in a constructive way. Much of the public response has sounded to me like Guardian readers … Continue reading

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Hereford, conservative Christians and the abolition of history

Just over a week ago there was another turn of the screw in the church sex wars, this time generated by Hereford Diocesan Synod. This post asks about the relevance of history to the claims of ‘conservatives’. What does it … Continue reading

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What was that about the Bible?

The BBC’s Today programme this morning interviewed Simon Sarmiento and Susie Leafe on the Church of England House of Bishops’ recent report on same-sex partnerships. If you want to listen to it it’s here , 1:21:45 in. Simon was very … Continue reading

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Here we go again

‘My primary feeling on reading the document was “here we go again”‘, Miranda Threlfall-Holmes remarks on her excellent response to the latest report from the Church of England’s House of Bishops on the apparently never-ending issue of same-sex relationships. The … Continue reading

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How to not read the Bible

Last Saturday’s Pride demo in Liverpool was a great occasion, according to the reports I’ve received. I’ve been sent some photos depicting protestors with banners displaying biblical texts. They give the impression that the Bible disapproves of what Pride stands … Continue reading

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Good disagreement

In the continuing debate over gay marriage the Church Times has published an article by Andrew Atherstone and Andrew Goddard, ‘If we can’t make up, can we still kiss?’ This is a response. Their conservative evangelical approach is the cause … Continue reading

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Homophobia and the changing Christian mood

Is the Christian obsession with same-sex partnerships declining? Outside the churches people are puzzled why it is such a thorny issue. It is to be discussed (again!) at a conference on 10th-11th April, hosted by Oasis. Oasis is the organisation … Continue reading

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Archbishops, minorities and schismatics

Thinking Anglicans, to which I am grateful for much information, has juxtaposed two items of news which made me reflect on the similarities. One is about women bishops, the other about same-sex partnerships. Both are stories of majorities becoming minorities … Continue reading

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Breakfast and possibly bed

Linda Woodhead and the Westminster Faith Debateshave produced another fascinating survey result, this time about Bed and Breakfast owners and whether they should be allowed to discriminate against people on grounds of sexuality. The issue has been drawn to public … Continue reading

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Unable on grounds of theological conviction

This is a term which as far as I know is only used in discussions of women priests and bishops. The recent report by the House of Bishops contains the following: the House believes that it would be more helpful … Continue reading

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