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9 September 2014: Press Release: FOR IMMEDIATE USE: LGBTI ANGLICAN COALITION SUPPORTS CHURCH OF ENGLAND’S SHARED CONVERSATIONS 

 

From 15 to 17 September, the College of Bishops of the Church of England will be meeting for two days to start the process of Shared Conversations on Sexuality, Scripture and Mission. 

 

The LGBTI Anglican Coalition welcomes this first step and our members will be praying for a successful outcome to the meeting.  Although we have reservations about the context in which this is taking place – articulated very clearly in the recent letter sent from the Trustees of Changing Attitude to all those attending the meeting – nevertheless we welcome the initiative, and hope it bears fruit............

 

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21 February 2014: Open Letter: LGBTI ANGLICAN COALITION OPEN LETTER TO HOUSE OF BISHOPS REGARDING PASTORAL GUIDANCE ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE, ISSUED 14 FEBRUARY 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.

 

To read the full Open Letter Click Here

16 February 2014: Press release: LGB&TI ANGLICAN COALITION RESPONSE TO THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND HOUSE OF BISHOPS PASTORAL GUIDANCE DOCUMENT ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE. ISSUED 14 FEBRUARY 2014

 

The LGB&TI Anglican Coalition is appalled by the House of Bishops’ recently-issued Pastoral Guidance on Same Sex Marriage, especially in the light of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s presidential address in which it was stated that differing views should be accepted in a spirit of ‘good disagreement’. In this document we see no acceptance of disagreement at all, but instead a heavy-handed and legalistic imposition of discipline.

 

This guidance is wrong in tone and content, and will further damage the Church’s mission, not only to LGB&TI people, but to all people of goodwill who respect justice and truth. It may seek to carry disciplinary authority, but it has no moral authority and cannot command respect. We hope and pray that it will be swiftly withdrawn.

 

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13 December 2013: Press Release: FOR IMMEDIATE USE: PRESS RELEASE IN RESPONSE TO THE REPORT FROM THE HOUSE OF BISHOPS’ WORKING GROUP ON HUMAN SEXUALITY (THE PILLING REPORT)

 

The LGB&T Anglican Coalition welcomes the publication of The Pilling Report and we appreciate that it was made public so soon.

 

It is good that the report recognises the diversity of theological views on this issue, including within the Evangelical wing of the Church. We are glad that the report denounces homophobia (though it is not clearly enough defined). We believe that it makes it easier for clergy to bless partnerships publicly and it calls for further discussion to try to discern where the Spirit is leading the church.

 

It is also good that LGB&T clergy will not face intrusive questioning though they are still asked to promise to abide by a code which would exclude most from the kind of loving and supportive relationship which others can enjoy.

We are disappointed that the Report has only mentioned rather than included transgender people in the discussion, despite submissions from transgender and LGB&T Christian organisations.

 

We are also disappointed that no liturgy of thanksgiving or blessing is proposed, but overall we are thankful for the working party’s effort. We trust and hope that the report may move the Church of England forward.

 

The LGB&T Anglican Coalition and its member organisations stand ready to support the proposed facilitated conversations both in Dioceses and nationally. We look forward to being fully included in all steps to help the Church of England find a way forward and we value the Pilling report as a useful contribution to the coming debate

 

We are also convinced that there must be a greater openness to, and a wider understanding, of the extensive range of scientific and theological work that has been, and is currently being undertaken on transgender issues and same-sex issues in addition to those relied upon within the report. We believe that what is presented there is insufficient to provide a strong and reliable foundation for the proposed conversations and we trust that these issues will be further addressed in the coming debate.

 

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13 December 2013: Information: COMMENTS BY SOME LGB7T ANGLICAN COALITION MEMBER GROUPS ON THE REPORT FROM THE HOUSE OF BISHOPS’ WORKING GROUP ON HUMAN SEXUALITY (THE PILLING REPORT)

 

Individual member groups have issue their own press statements and comments on the Pilling Report

 

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3 May 2013: Press Release:  FOR IMMEDIATE USE:  PRESS STATEMENT ON: "MEN AND WOMEN IN MARRIAGE"

 

A DOCUMENT FROM THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND FAITH AND ORDER COMMISSION

 

The LGB&T Anglican Coalition wishes to register its dismay at men "Men and Women in Marriage", the recently published report from the Faith and Order Commission of the Church of England. Ostensibly an affirmation of what the Church of England believes about marriage, it appears, to us, to be merely an attempt to justify the Church of England's recent submission to the government opposing same sex civil marriage. It also makes specific and derogatory references to same-sex relationships.............

 

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8 January 2013: Press Release: FOR IMMEDIATE USE. LGB&T ANGLICAN COALITION PRESS STATEMENT ON THE ADMISSION OF BISHOPS IN CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS TO THE EPISCOPATE

  

The LGB&T Anglican Coalition welcomes the House of Bishops decision, confirmed on the 4th January 2013*, to lift its moratorium of July 2011 on clergy in civil partnerships being nominated as episcopal candidates, even when living in conformity with the House of Bishops guidelines Issues in Human Sexuality.

 

The Bishops have decided that the requirements in its 2005 statement concerning the eligibility for ordination of those in civil partnerships, whose relationships are consistent with the teaching of the Church of England, will apply equally in relation to the episcopate.

 

We had been shocked and saddened by the imposition of the moratorium, pending the outcome of the review of civil partnerships by the House of Bishops working party chaired by the Bishop of Sodor and Man.  Although the lifting of the ban is only a small step it removes a glaring injustice, and was one of many recommendations in the LGB&T Anglican Coalition’s submission to the Church of England working party on civil partnerships.........

 

.........We are glad that the House has addressed this particular issue, but are surprised and disappointed that this appears to be the only outcome, even though the review was expected to be complete by the end of 2012. We look forward to seeing the full report

 

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20 December 2012: Press Release: THE  SECOND LGB&T ANGLICAN COALITION PRESS STATEMENT ON EQUAL MARRIAGE

 

The LGB&T Anglican Coalition welcomes the government proposals published on 11 December, and in particular the following points:

 

• religious bodies are allowed to opt in voluntarily,

• no religious body or individual is compelled to act against conscience, and

• transgendered married people who apply for full gender recognition will no longer have to dissolve their marriages.

 

However, as Anglican Christians, laity and clergy, we are disappointed that the proposals to exclude both the Church of England and the Church in Wales appear to impose an additional barrier should these churches decide in future that they wish to marry same-sex as well as opposite-sex couples. If this were the case, it would reduce religious freedom.

 

As a Coalition we have repeatedly pointed out that the Church of England’s official submission did not reflect the views of the many members of the Church of England who are in favour of equal marriage, and we are also aware that there is support among many in the Church in Wales. These churches should be as free to opt in as any others.

 

The Archbishop of Wales has made it clear that any additional obstacle would be unwelcome. The Church of England’s leadership is reportedly shocked at such an outcome, though it appears to reflect precisely what the Church requested in its submission, published in June. Church reactions to the Government’s proposals do confirm that the Church of England’s official position is out of touch, not only with a significant number of its own members, but with the majority body of public opinion.

 

We will be advising the organisations in our coalition to invite all of their members to write to their MPs calling for a review of the implications of the so-called quadruple locks in the proposed legislation, especially the fourth, which relates to the Church of England and the Church in Wales. In our view this fourth lock would inhibit the religious freedom of the people we represent, and who are in favour of equal marriage in these churches.

 

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9 December 2012: Press Release: THE LGB&T ANGLICAN COALITION PRESS STATEMENT ON EQUAL MARRIAGE

 

 

The LGB&T Anglican Coalition is delighted that David Cameron has said the government’s proposals on equal marriage will include an option for ceremonies to take place on religious premises.

 

This outcome concurs with our own submission to the government’s consultation, and those of our partner organizations.

 

It is a matter of regret that the latest official Church of England response makes absolutely no mention of the breadth of views on this matter within the Church itself.

 

ENDS

 

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13 November 2012: Press Release: THE LGB&T ANGLICAN COALITION WELCOMES THE APPOINTMENT OF THE BISHOP OF DURHAM, JUSTIN WELBY AS THE NEXT ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY.

 

The LGB&T Anglican Coalition welcomes the appointment of the Bishop of Durham, Justin Welby as the next Archbishop of Canterbury. In his press conference last Friday he said this about sexuality:

 

“We also face deep differences over the issue of sexuality. It is absolutely right for the state to define the rights and status of people co-habiting in different forms of relationships, including civil partnerships. We must have no truck with any form of homophobia, in any part of the church. The Church of England is part of the worldwide church, with all the responsibilities that come from those links. What the church does here deeply affects the already greatly suffering churches in places like northern Nigeria, which I know well. I support the House of Bishops’ statement in the summer in answer to the government's consultation on same sex marriage. I know I need to listen very attentively to the LGBT communities, and examine my own thinking prayerfully and carefully. I am always averse to the language of exclusion, when what we are called to is to love in the same way as Jesus Christ loves us. Above all in the church we need to create safe spaces for these issues to be discussed honestly and in love.”

 

We are grateful for Bishop Justin’s openness. We appreciate his commitment to engage in listening to LGB&T communities and to challenge homophobia throughout the church. We look forward to dialogue with him as he seeks the way forward for mission and ministry in the Church of England.

 

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13 June 2012: Press Release: THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND IS MISSING THE POINT: 13TH JUNE 2012 - FOR IMMEDIATE USE

 

The Coalition has issued this comment on the official Church of England response to the Government consultation on Equal Civil Marriage.

 

The official Church of England response to the Government misses the key point. For many same-sex couples, equal marriage is not about legal rights, but a recognition that marriage offers something more – that marriage embraces something deeply spiritual which strengthens both the couple and society. In failing to recognise this, the Church of England has impoverished its own teaching on marriage.

 

As the recent letter to The Times by senior Church of England clergy noted, “The Church calls marriage holy or sacramental because the covenant relationship of faithful committed love between the couple reflects the covenanted love and commitment between God and his Church… So the fact that there are same-sex couples who want to embrace marriage should be a cause for rejoicing in the Christian Church.”

 

The widespread criticism of the statement from within the Church of England that has followed its publication reflects the scandalous lack of consultation in its preparation. There has been no discussion in the General Synod, or in the dioceses, and needless to say LGB&T members of the Church as represented by our Coalition partners, were also excluded from those discussions.

 

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9 February 2012: Press Release: REPORT ON THE LGB&T ACT OF WITNESS ON THE 9 FEBRUARY 2012

 

Talk with us not about us!

 

 

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...........continued

 

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9 February 2012: Press Release: RACIAL ABUSE AND THE ARCHBISHOP OF YORK

 

Following news reports that the 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 LGB&T Anglican 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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9 February 2012: Press Release: LGB&T ACT OF WITNESS

ON THE 9 FEBRUARY 2012

 

Talk with us not about us!

 

An Act of Witness will take place at General Synod on Thursday 9th 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........ there is more

 

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PLEASE JOIN US TOMORROW 9TH FEBRUARY FOR THE ACT OF WITNESS  WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE STARTING At 8:45 AM IN DEANS YARD BESIDE WESTMINSTER ABBEY.  

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2 February 2012: Press Release: "EMBRACE CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS" BISHOPS TOLD

 

The time has come for a change in stance on Civil Partnerships is the message from pro-gay groups in the LGB&T Anglican 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 had been 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..................

 

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16 January 2012: PRESS RELEASE: 95 CHURCHES WANT TO REGISTER CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS

 

A limited survey by the LGB&T Anglican Coalition has already revealed that almost 100 Church of England churches would want to explore registering their buildings to offer Civil Partnerships - if the Church of England would allow it.

 

This comes as registration forms for religious buildings become available for the first time this month following the end of the Government ban in December.

The news that so many Anglican Churches would want to explore registration shows the disparity between the official stance of the Church of England and that of ordinary parishes.

 

More ............

 

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2nd August 2011: Press Release: THE LGB&T ANGLICAN COALITION OFFERS ASSISTANCE IN SEXUALITY REVIEWS

 

The LGB&T Anglican Coalition has written to the House of Bishops to offer its help in the forthcoming reviews on sexuality and the church.

 

Following his announcement of reviews on Civil Partnerships and Guidelines on Human Sexuality by the Bishop of Norwich, the LGB&T Anglican Coalition has written to the Rt. Rev Graham James welcoming the reviews, and offering to meet with him in the near future.

 

The letter states, "We are sure that you will want to consult widely in the review process, and would like to offer our services at an early stage. We hope you will welcome this offer to meet a small team representing the Coalition to discuss how our members can contribute to this work."

 

This offer stands in sharp contrast to claims made by Anglican Mainstream that such discussions have already been taking place during the past year..... Neither the Coalition nor any of its member groups have yet been invited to take part in conversations of this kind..................

 

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11 October 2010: Press Release: TIME TO ACCEPT GAY BISHOPS SAYS ANGLICAN COALITION

 

In a recent interview with The Times the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, was unclear whether celibate but partnered gay clergy are acceptable as bishops in the Church of England. The archbishop stated his unwillingness to consider partnered gay men and lesbians as bishops because of their ‘particular choice of life, a partnership, and what the Church has to say about that.’ .........................

 

In a letter sent to the Archbishop, the Coalition criticizes the Archbishop’s remarks as ‘hurtful and undermining to the many lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people who have been called to ordained ministry but not to celibacy’. The Coalition calls the Church of England to a renewed study of sexuality in the light of modern scientific and theological understanding......................

 

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9 July 2010: PRESS RELEASE: SOUTHWARK FAILURE DAMAGES CHURCH OF ENGLAND

 

Both recent meetings of the Crown Nominations Commission to choose a new

bishop for the Diocese of Southwark have been the subject of serious leaks

to a newspaper. This has resulted in huge personal pain and distress for

one candidate, Dr Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans, for the second time in

seven years. It is particularly outrageous that some senior church

officials have suggested the leaks were engineered by supporters of Dr

John, rather than by those opposed to his nomination...................

 

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7 May 2010: PRESS RELEASE:  The LGBT ANGLICAN COALITION REJOICES AT LOS ANGELES CONCECRATIONS

 

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

 

The Revd Diane Bruce and the Revd 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..........

 

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10 December 2009: PRESS RELEASE: LOS ANGELES AND UGANDA
 

The LGBT Anglican 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......

 
 
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24 November 2009: OPEN LETTER TO THE ARCHBISHOPS OF UPPSALA AND 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 Bishop Eva Brunne of Stockholm and Bishop Tuulikki Koivunen Bylund of Härnösand...........

 

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