Living in love, despite the Bishops’ arguments

Last Friday’s Church Times (27 October 2023) had an excellent leader comment, pointing out that “As the row intensifies over how the Church of England acknowledges such [same-sex] relationships, it is easy to overlook that it is about ordinary, unremarkable couples, living and ministering with the minimum of fuss.” It is well worth reading, so here …

Times clergy poll finds over 50% support for same-sex weddings

The Times newspaper has conducted a poll of serving Church of England clergy, asking them about various current issues – including beliefs about sex and sexuality, and in particular about same-sex relationships and marriages. Compared with a similar poll in 2014, there has been a dramatic shift towards progressive, inclusive views. More than half the …

New Equal Campaign Action

The Equal Campaign has launched a new Campaign Action, asking people to send a greetings card to their bishop(s) with a brief message of encouragement and hope – see https://cofe-equal-marriage.org.uk/campaign-action-send-a-card-to-your-bishops/ for details. Please consider taking part in this, and tell other like-minded friends about it.

Charlie Bell interviewed on The God Cast with Fr Alex Frost

Fr Alex Frost is the Vicar of St Matthew The Apostle with Holy Trinity (St Matthew’s for short), Burnley, an active and inclusive church. Fr Alex is also a prolific podcaster as host of ‘The God Cast’, interviewing all sorts of people “from bishops to nuns, comedians to celebrities, footballers to followers”. The Revd Dr Charlie …

Same-sex Marriage Forced this Priest to Quit

Recently Channel 4 has created a series of short video documentaries under the title of ‘Love Against The Odds‘. Overcoming prejudice, trauma, struggles and misunderstanding, these relationships show that even when the odds are stacked against them, love can conquer all. The documentaries are available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiC_gpE7y050ubK3hWmMNgWyBxhrdwrOP. In one of these Channel 4 …