Screening of ‘Love Free or Die’

Screening of the film ‘Love Free or Die’, the story of Gene Robinson, at the 26th BFI London Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.

On Saturday 24 March, the BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival will be screening the Sundance Film Festival-selected ‘Love Free or Die’, the inspirational story of the first openly gay and partnered bishop in Christendom, Gene Robinson, in his courageous ministry and efforts to develop the Church’s relationship to its LGB&T members (including making a UK visit to Lambeth!)

Details [BFI website].

Archbishop condemns murders of Ugandan gay human rights activist

Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, has made the following statement regarding the murder of the gay human rights activist David Kato Kisule in Uganda:

“The brutal murder of David Kato Kisule, a gay human rights activist, is profoundly shocking. Our prayers and deep sympathy go out for his family and friends – and for all who live in fear for their lives. Whatever the precise circumstances of his death, which have yet to be determined, we know that David Kato Kisule lived under the threat of violence and death. No one should have to live in such fear because of the bigotry of others. Such violence has been consistently condemned by the Anglican Communion worldwide. This event also makes it all the more urgent for the British Government to secure the safety of LGBT asylum seekers in the UK. This is a moment to take very serious stock and to address those attitudes of mind which endanger the lives of men and women belonging to sexual minorities.”

Archbishop’s Press Release and background information [PDF].

Choral Eucharist at Southwark Cathedral

13 June 2010, 11:00 at Southwark Cathedral

Katharine Jefferts Schori, the 26th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the USA, and the first woman primate in the Anglican Communion, will preach and preside at a Choral Eucharist at Southwark Cathedral.

You and all your friends, relations, supporters and parishioners are invited to attend and to show your support for the Episcopal Church of the United States and its stand for an inclusive communion.

Los Angeles consecrations

The Coalition rejoices that Diane Bruce and Mary Glasspool will be consecrated as bishops in Los Angeles on 15 May.

Diane Bruce and Mary Glasspool were each elected by large majorities of the laity, clergy and bishops of the Diocese of Los Angeles. Subsequently, their elections were confirmed by clear majorities, both of the bishops with jurisdiction in the Episcopal Church of the United States and of the standing committees of that church’s dioceses.

Press Release [PDF].

Los Angeles and Uganda

The Coalition warmly welcomes the election of two new suffragan bishops for the Episcopal diocese of Los Angeles, and notes:

  • that the election has been carried out with a close regard to the norms and constitution of that church;
  • that its transparency contrasts favourably with the still opaque processes by which Church of England bishops are appointed.

Press Release [PDF].

Open letter to the Archbishops of Uppsala and Canterbury

Open letter to Anders Wejryd, Archbishop of Uppsala and Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

As Anglican clergy and lay people, we were dismayed to see that there was no official representation from the Church of England or any other Anglican church from the British Isles at the service of consecration of Eva Brunne as Bishop of Stockholm and of Tuulikki Koivunen Bylund as Bishop of Härnösand.

Open letter [PDF].