LGBTI Anglican Coalition open letter to the House of Bishops regarding ‘pastoral guidance’ on same sex marriage issued 14 Febraury 2014
The statement on the Pastoral Guidance on Same Sex Marriage, issued by the House of Bishops 14 February 2014 has caused a great deal of anger and dismay amongst the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex communities, not least because its tone and action has foreclosed on many of the issues which should be the subject of the facilitated discussions called for in the Pilling Report. We remain committed to these discussions but given the breakdown in trust which has resulted from recent actions it is now even more important that these conversations take place in a way which is not only impartial, but which is seen to be impartial by all of the bodies that are concerned.
We look forward to the opportunity of continued debate, and the open letter, attached, which has been sent to the House of Bishops of the Church of England is intended to help to rebuild some of the ground upon which the debate may take place.
Open Letter [PDF].
Text of a letter to Justin Welby, Archbishop-elect of Canterbury:
Dear Bishop Justin,
We are writing as the current co-chairs of the LGB&T Anglican Coalition to congratulate you on your nomination as Archbishop of Canterbury, and to assure you of our prayers as you prepare to assume the responsibilities of your new office.
The Coalition was heartened by your first press conference, particularly your statement that ‘We must have no truck with any form of homophobia, in any part of the church’, and your desire ‘to listen very attentively to the LGB&T communities and examine … [your] own thinking on sexuality prayerfully and carefully.’
We would add our hope and expectation that you will also extend this approach to gender identity in order to include transgender people.
As a coalition of eight organisations or groups committed to and working for the full inclusion of LGB&T people within the Church of England, with many supporters, and our huge range of experience in this area, we hope that you will be willing to meet with us at an early stage as you ponder these particular issues.
With the working parties on civil partnerships and human sexuality, commissioned by the House of Bishops, due to report soon, and government proposals for equal civil marriage about to be unveiled, it seems likely that sexuality and gender, will be high on the Church of England’s agenda in 2013. We look forward to engaging in dialogue with you about these matters and how they affect the Church’s mission and its ministry to all people.
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].