Tag Archives: General Synod

Nothing new here: how the human sexuality debate repeats the women priests debate

I’ve been going through my old papers from when I was on General Synod; I represented the Diocese of Guildford for seven years or so. During the July 2017 sessions, I read a lot of comments about the complexity of … Continue reading

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Getting into a muddle about sex: lifelong virginity and the Louden amendment

For various reasons, I’ve been going through some of the papers I kept from my stint on General Synod; eight complicated years which included the Higton debate, the AIDS debate, and the various stages of the legislation to permit women … Continue reading

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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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So, what was the point of all that?

Last week the House of Bishops published GS2055 Marriage and Same Sex Relationships after the Shared Conversations. I immediately read it through twice, once to see what they were proposing to change – answer, nothing – and again to see … 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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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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Behind closed doors

So how will General Synod get on with the Shared Conversations? Continue reading

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Luggage and baggage

What to pack for the Shared Conversations? Continue reading

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The gender of tears

‘Mourn with those who mourn’. Just try and stop me. Continue reading

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And so it begins

… unless we know the person with whom we disagree, how can there ever be real respect for their position? Continue reading

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