Making space for an honest conversation (keynote address)

Keynote address: “Making space for an honest conversation”, by Nick Holtam

“In British society, the game is up. Gay people are equal members of our society”, said Nick Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury, to the 3rd Cutting Edge Consortium conference, 21 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”.

Full address [PDF].
Commentthe Daily Telegraph

LGBT lives: achieving our equality…

Cutting edge

3rd Cutting Edge Consortium conference:
LGBT lives: achieving our equality – challenging faith-based homophobia & transphobia.

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, 10:00–17:00.

Speakers will include Nick Holtam, 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.

Conference Leaflet [PDF].

Registration [CEC website], [email CEC] or CEC, PO Box 24632, London E9 6XF

Clergy back same-sex marriage in Times letter

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”…

Full letter [PDF].
Full articleThe Times.