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Pastoral Support

A few weeks before Easter I wrote to every Diocesan Bishop (or acting Diocesan) to ask a straightforward question. If someone who identifies as homosexual was to approach your Diocese to ask for support in maintaining a life of celibacy,

Posted in Church of England, Pastoral, Sexuality

Jonathan Merritt’s Testimony

Just to add another testimony into the mix, here’s celibate Jonathan Merritt who was famously outed recently. When I was about 10 years old, the isolation of my pain almost killed me as thoughts of suicide plagued my mind. I

Posted in Sexuality, Testimony

The Archbishop on Same-Sex Marriage on LBC

Perhaps the most interesting part of the hour long phone on LBC with Justin Welby this morning was the full answer to the final question. A gay christian listening to you though may have heard the message that he or

Posted in Archbishop of Canterbury, Church of England, Gay Marriage, Sexuality

+Chelmsford’s Diocesan Synod Address

I thought this address to Chelmsford’s Diocesan Synod was actually really good. First, on mission and evangelism +Stephen sounds like a Bishop who actually means and does what he says. Secondly, on human sexuality, he indicates the right kind of

Posted in Church of England, Pilling Report, Sexuality

Church in Wales – Homosexuality

Find below the report from the Standing Doctrinal Commission of the Church in Wales on Same-Sex Partnership. Report Executive Summary Procedural Note I’ll post a fuller analysis later, but two things stick out straight away. First, the report has an

Posted in Church in Wales, Same-Sex Blessings, Sexuality

Listening to Stories

Andy Marshall, a gay Church of England priest, has written a personal piece in response to the Bishops’ Pastoral Statement on Gay Marriage. It’s fascinating, not just as a unique account of one man’s experiences, but also as a sobering

Posted in Church of England, Sexuality

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William Tyndale
Lord, give to your people grace to hear and keep your word that, after the example of your servant William Tyndale, we may not only profess your gospel but also be ready to suffer and die for it, to the honour of your name; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

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Aber mit der Heimat
geht man immer herum,
durch die Welt,
dort und dort
Peter Handke

No one could describe
the Word of the Father;
but when He took flesh from you, O Theotokos,
He consented to be described, and restored the fallen image to its former beauty.
We confess and proclaim our salvation in word and image.
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