Tuesday, 3 June 2008

report on bullying published

We reported earlier on the plan to publish guidelines on bullying in church contexts.

Last week, the Church Times had a news article by Ed Beavan Report urges Church to face up to its bullies.

The report is now available online and can be downloaded as a .doc file here. h/t Dave Walker who also had trouble finding it on the web.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Tuesday, 3 June 2008 at 10:39pm BST | TrackBack
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thanks for this, I looked for it yesterday, but it didn't show in the search results field... on the CofE website

Posted by: dodgyvicar on Wednesday, 4 June 2008 at 6:27am BST

This report has to be seen in the wider context.

Lesbian, gay , bisexual and transgendered people and their supporters are bullied and oppressed by many with power in the Anglicans Churches. Fact. Gene Robinson and indeed TEC are being bullied (unsuccessfully). The whole Windsor-'Covenant' thing is an exercise in bullying. Robinson isn't even invited to Lambeth --some listening process !

Look at how lgbt clery and ordinands are treated in the C of E these days.

This and more is the context.

Bullying bishops must be the first port of call --these things emante from where the power is ....

Posted by: L Roberts on Wednesday, 4 June 2008 at 7:40am BST

Discrimination is the first station on the road to bullying.

Posted by: Pluralist on Wednesday, 4 June 2008 at 2:19pm BST

Shoot, no more throwing hymnals at the trebles. Darn.

Posted by: choirboyfromhell on Wednesday, 4 June 2008 at 11:51pm BST

I am sorry for the anglican bullies. I was myself bullied by arrogant, self-righteous conservative bullies. I love them deeply but the trauma they put me through had me signed off work. I don't agree with bullying, it is against what Jesus teaches. He tells us NOT to judge, NOT to cast stones, however, he also stands up and says when sin is sin, mostly to the religious teachers actually. I believe ideally God has made man and woman to be married, this is a beautiful and God given gift but I do not agree that it is ok to bully those who are struggling with homosexuality. I believe in love and acceptance of every person, no matter what they have done or not done but I believe we also need to have clear boundaries in society and in the church on what is acceptable to God and what is not. We, the church, must NOT deviate away from biblical truth and correct understanding to self-inflated opinion. We MUST read the bible in its context, including its historical and cultural context.

We must only allow mature, Godly, peaceable, biblically adhering leaders to judge, and even then with caution and love. We do need judgement and discipline in society and definantly justice to protect us, to enable people to live without fear; But when judgement is done by arrogant, ignorant people who refuse to listen and get alongside sinners [like Jesus did] and hear them from their hearts and hear their struggles, this is, I am sure, a stench to God and must anger him, because of the anger and pain it causes the bullied person.

When I was bullied by a conservative church, my private information was gossiped about church, I was mocked and ridiculed....no wonder people avoid church if that is how they are to be treated. I am fortunate in that I committed to Christ before I met such types, else I wonder if I would have. Jesus is not like them. Jesus, who I met when I first became a christian, is first of all forgiving, loving, willing to die for us inspite of our sin, he does not throw us away and bully us. God is amazing unlike some members of his church who need to see their own sin in this judgement, in the way they approach their faith.

God is love, there is no fear and no condemnation in God. for Jesus died once and for all for our transgressions that our sin is removed as far as east is from the west [paraphrase from bible verses]

Posted by: Jennifer Austin on Wednesday, 19 November 2008 at 1:02am GMT
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