Friday 30 September 2022 – tomorrow – four bishops from the ‘Next Steps’ group, plus Eeva John, will be meeting with representatives of eight progressive Church of England groups at Lambeth Palace, including Equal.
Why historic? Amazingly, this is the first time C of E bishops have officially met with organizations working for the full inclusion of LGBTQIA+ people in the Church.
The schedule is as follows:
|Time||Next Steps participants||Progressive groups|
That sounds like a largely one-way process, with the bishops (and Eeva John) listening to what we have to say. Let us hope that it can also be a meaningful dialogue in which we engage honestly with one another and challenge each other.
Judging by their aim, there is a danger that the meetings may be too focused on LLF and its content. There has already been a long process of consultation, so we need to move on from that and concentrate on the urgent need for the Church to turn away from its unjust discrimination against LGBTQIA+ people and to embrace genuine radical Christian inclusion.
Please pray for everyone involved in these meetings, and that what is said will be respectful, truthful and loving.