Thursday, 29 March 2012

C of E Group on human sexuality appoints advisers

Church of England press release:

Group on human sexuality appoints advisers

29 March 2012

The group chaired by Sir Joseph Pilling to advise the House of Bishops on the Church of England’s approach to human sexuality has appointed three advisers. They are the Revd Dr Jessica Martin, Priest-in-charge of Duxford, of Hinxton and of Ickleton, Dr Robert Song, Head of Durham University’s Department of Theology and Religion, and the Ven Rachel Treweek, Archdeacon of Hackney.

Jessica Martin reflected on and wrote about the House of Bishops statement Some Issues in Human Sexuality in her former role as a Cambridge academic. Robert Song is a Senior Lecturer in Christian Ethics and President of the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics. Rachel Treweek has been an Archdeacon, first in Northolt and now in Hackney, since 2006.

The House of Bishops announced on 1 July, 2011, that it intended to draw together material from the listening process undertaken within the Church of England over recent years in the light of the 1998 Lambeth Conference resolution. It also committed itself to offering proposals on how the continuing discussion within the Church of England about these matters might best be shaped in the light of the listening process. The task of Sir Joseph’s group, announced in January, is to help the House discharge its commitment to produce a consultation document…

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Right, so now they have 2 women. I know Treweek is her married name, but are the other two married? If so, then this group is still really the HoB's advisory commission on married hets' sexuality...

Posted by: Dan BD on Thursday, 29 March 2012 at 2:57pm BST

It seems rather strange that people from the glbt communities are not on the panel for this "commission". I am curious how they justify such a discrepancy. Quite bazaar, when you think about it. Where is the "listening process" if the commission only hears from people who are not a part of the glbt community?

Posted by: Chris Smith on Thursday, 29 March 2012 at 4:11pm BST

Dan BD: The function of this group, as I understand it, is to help the Bishops move towards a consultation document - they will not themselves be opining on questions of sexuality. To that extent I don't see that it would be either possible or necessary for the group to reflect the full panoply of human sexuality in their own personal lives.

Posted by: Anton on Thursday, 29 March 2012 at 5:21pm BST

Robert Song is married. Not sure about the other person. But pleased to see two women advising.

Posted by: JeremyP on Thursday, 29 March 2012 at 9:49pm BST

Now that the pressure of Covenant-compliance is turned down, perhaps the real work of this Commission on sexuality can objectively proceed to bring enlightenment to the dark areas of hypocrisy and bigotry in areas of gender and sexuality in the Church.

Posted by: Father Ron Smith on Friday, 30 March 2012 at 10:52am BST

but a consultation document sets the framework for the subsequent debate. It would have much more credibility if it was arrived at by a genuine listening to every possible view. It just is no longer credible to have discussions ABOUT people without talking WITH them.

And we can definitely do without another policy process that lacks credibility right from the start.

Posted by: Erika Baker on Friday, 30 March 2012 at 10:57am BST

Robert Song also co-writing a book in "honour" of Oliver O'Donovan ....... not quite my hero of the month!

Posted by: Martin Reynolds on Friday, 30 March 2012 at 1:08pm BST

Robert Song is somewhat conservative/evangelical (goes to our sister church), but he is a perfectly fair person and as a university lecturer he will meet a fair number of 'out' gays.

Posted by: John on Friday, 30 March 2012 at 4:58pm BST

They didnt publish June Osborne's Report for years, and left it all neglected- because they didnt like the truth it told.

Now, we're supposed to take this biased committee seriously with its transparent card-carrying homophobes ?

Deal first with the Osborne Report- thank you.

Posted by: Laurence Roberts on Wednesday, 4 April 2012 at 4:02am BST
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