Category Archives: Church of England and gender

Return to the public gallery

Having written to my bishops (replies received, thanks) and to lay representatives of my diocese on General Synod (wish I could say the same), I was sufficiently disappointed in the Bishops’ Report (GS2055) that I took the opportunity to go … Continue reading

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Into Advent

  I’m trying to take Advent seriously this year by immersing myself as far as I can in the rich symbolism of watching and waiting, of light and darkness, of hope and fulfillment. So naturally it had to begin with … Continue reading

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One sex, two sexes, and Christians

The wonderful Twitter just drew my attention to this article I’d missed on the OUP blog when it was published in July: ‘The influence of premodern theories about sex and gender’ by Adrian Thatcher. Thatcher asks great questions about why … Continue reading

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Temple prostitution for Christians

Sex in the ancient world: it’s all about temple prostitutes, depraved emperors and orgies, right? Wrong. As readers of this blog will have noticed, now that the Shared Conversations in the Church of England appear to be over, I’ve moved … Continue reading

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Sharing the knowledge

Can we see each other for who we are? And can we stay together without descending into chaos? Continue reading

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Pausanias and Agathon: a ‘same sex relationship’?

Thinking Anglicans notes that the Evangelical Group of the General Synod, EGGS, has issued this briefing document to its members and friends ahead of General Synod’s shared conversations, scheduled to start on 10 July. The document proposes that “The ideas/opinions/statements expressed (in bold) are amongst those … Continue reading

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Gender at the Shared Conversations

To my mind, there’s an unfortunate effect of this being the aspect of Greek male sexuality which Christian sites tend to focus on: it leads to an elision between homosexuality and pederasty which is not appropriate today. Continue reading

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The Greeks didn’t have a word for it

A lot of statements about the ancient Greeks, the Romans, and sexuality can be found on Christian websites. They give the impression that there’s complete certainty surrounding their comments, for example on the Greeks ‘tolerating homosexuality’, phrasing which implies a historically-consistent … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, back in the toilet…

This is the third in a series of reflections after the Shared Conversations (edited 31 March) In a previous post, I’ve commented on how wonderful it was to get to the loo and sit alone in a space where nobody … Continue reading

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Sex and power in the spotlight

People lie to themselves and the church about their abstinence from sex. They become accustomed to not telling the truth. Continue reading

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