Entitled Grace and Disagreement, the resource booklets for use in the shared conversations have been published online: ChurchOfEngland.org.
The first booklet
Booklet 1 – Thinking through the process [PDF] – outlines the thinking behind the conversations, the process and their place in the life of the church.
Booklet 2 – A Reader: Writings to resource conversation [PDF] – comprises four essays, including two on scripture, which participants in the conversations are asked to read.
The official website for the Church of England’s shared conversations on scripture, mission and human sexuality has been launched: www.sharedconversations.org.
6–8 February 2015, at Corrymeela Ballycastle, Northern Ireland
A retreat for LGBTI affirming faith leaders.
The cost for this weekend is £100 per person sharing.
For details see Corrymeela’s FAQs and Booking form.
20 January 2015: LGBTI Anglican Coalition meeting with the Archbishop of Canterbury’s reconciliation officer to discuss the progress of the shared conversations.
A report of the meeting will be published soon…
Libby Lane has been announced as the first female bishop for the Church of England, just a month after a historic change to canon law. She will become the new Bishop of Stockport, a post that has been vacant since May.
Press Release [PDF].
Pat Storey was installed by the Church of Ireland as Bishop of Meath and Kildare, the first female Anglican bishop in the UK and Ireland, on 29 November 2013.
Press Release [PDF].
The LGBTI Anglican Coalition held a meeting in London on 13 December 2014 about the Mutual Conversations in the absence of David Porter, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Reconciliation Officer, who had to cancel at the last minute owing to a family bereavement.
A report of the meeting by Colin Coward.
From today, many members of the Church of England, lay and ordained, will be able to convert their civil partnership to marriage. Jeremy Pemberton and Andrew Foreshaw-Cain will no longer be the only married gay priests in the Church of England – numbers of lesbian and gay clergy are known to be converting. The House of Bishops is confronted with the challenge of disciplining or ignoring or accepting the presence of same-sex married clergy across the country.
Tuesday, 2 December 2014, 19:30 at St Mark’s Church Mansfield
Sexuality: The Inclusive Church Resource
will be launched on Tuesday, 2 December 2014 at 19:30.
The venue is:
St Mark’s Church,
The event is free, but with limited availablity.
RSVP to confirm your attendance to: Ms Ruth Wilde at firstname.lastname@example.org
On 17 November 2014 the Church of England formally approved plans for women bishops. The vote on Monday at the general synod meeting at Church House in Westminster gave the final seal of approval to the legislation, following its passage through Parliament in October. The decision has been welcomed by long-term campaigners for change, who see it as step towards widening female participation in the Church.
Members of the Coalition warmly congratulates all those who have been involved in the campaign, and gives thanks for a long overdue change.
We regret that the the book launch meeting on 15 October has now been cancelled. The book is available to purchase.