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, what specific Diocesan resources do you have in place to help him/her?
The purpose of . . . → Read More: Pastoral Support
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 was so suffocated by my secret that I believed only death would provide me the . . . → Read More: Jonathan Merritt’s Testimony
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 she can’t marry their partner in their church because of the conniptions it would . . . → Read More: The Archbishop on Same-Sex Marriage on LBC
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 path forward.
On the issue of human sexuality I want you to know that . . . → Read More: +Chelmsford’s Diocesan Synod Address
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 inadequate theology of the Fall. For example, sections 49 to 51 read,
If further, more . . . → Read More: Church in Wales – Homosexuality
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 reminder of what Conservatives need to engage with on this issue.
I came to faith . . . → Read More: Listening to Stories