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Report on the act of witness

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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…

Press Release [PDF].
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Racial abuse and the Archbishop of York

Following news reports that John Sentamu, 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 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.

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Silent act of witness

Talk with us not about us!

An Act of Witness will take place at General Synod on Thursday 9 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…

Please join us tomorrow 9 February for the act of witness, which will take place starting at 08:45 in Dean’s Yard beside Westminster Abbey:

Press Release [PDF].

There will be a silent act of witness in Dean’s Yard Westminster on Thursday 9 February 2012, organised by the 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.

Publicity Flyer [PDF].

Please distribute this information as widely as possible.

There will be an Act of Witness in Dean’s Yard Westminster on Thursday 9 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 08:30 on Thursday 9 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 10:15.

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 Dean’s Yard, London SW1P 3NY.

For more information please contact CCMCoward@aol.com.

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Bishops told to embrace civil partnerships

The time has come for a change in stance on civil partnerships is the message from pro-gay groups in the 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 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…

Press Release [PDF].
Coalition submission to the House of Bishops’ review group on civil partnerships [PDF].