Comments: LGBTI Anglican Coalition sends open letter to House of Bishops

This is an excellent letter.
I hope there will be an official reply.

Posted by Erika Baker at Wednesday, 26 February 2014 at 1:16pm GMT

People are writing letters to the House of Bishops.

I suspect that the responses they will get will be reminiscent of the letter written to Goodman Derrick & Co in the celebrated case of Arkell v Pressdram (1971) [unreported].

I suggest Savi read http://www.nasw.org/users/nbauman/arkell.htm

Because that is what the Bishops think of your letters.

Posted by Interested Observer at Wednesday, 26 February 2014 at 5:10pm GMT

The response to my letter to the Bishop of Chichester is frankly unintelligible. I have had no response from Lambeth.

Posted by Richard Ashby at Wednesday, 26 February 2014 at 6:15pm GMT

A very good and positive action by the LGBTI coalition in the Church of England. The Bishops will certainly need to sit up and take notice - especially in the light of Uganda's recent bigoted misunderstanding of the human rights of its LGBTI citizens - aided and abetted by the Church there.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Wednesday, 26 February 2014 at 9:50pm GMT

I believe those who draft this stuff should focus on the principle of our fullest participation in all aspects of further proposals.
It should be underlined time and time again, ad nauseum, that the reason the CofE continues to stagger from crisis through pastoral disaster to spiritual catastrophe is, their failure to talk with gay people, to deal with them as "US" instead of some fetid sore they are desperate to excise.
Everything should begin from this premise.

Posted by Martin Reynolds at Wednesday, 26 February 2014 at 11:01pm GMT

"The Bishops will certainly need to sit up and take notice - especially in the light of Uganda's recent bigoted misunderstanding of the human rights of its LGBTI citizens - aided and abetted by the Church there."

There have now been reports of murders and anti-LGBT gangs beating people in Uganda. And all we hear is silence from Lambeth...

Posted by Nathaniel Brown at Thursday, 27 February 2014 at 2:39am GMT

Martin, I know I'm a pedantic classicist, and it's George Herbert's feast day, but if I may be allowed: it's 'ad nauseam,' it's the feminine accusative of nausea, which is a good old English word too now. This mistake has become a meme.

Posted by Lorenzo at Thursday, 27 February 2014 at 8:50am GMT

The letter is a fine example of how to model Anglican thinking on a contested issue. It takes seriously the contexts and lived experiences of LGBTI, and calls for dialogue and reciprocal learning. It locates itself historically (e.g., earlier debates on contraception in the CofE). It does so with a cool, irenic tone - but also conveys a sense of urgency, Yet it is not at all shrill. To date, the better and more measured theological reasoning is all coming from the LGBTI corner rather than the bishops. This bodes well for change.

Posted by Martyn Percy at Thursday, 27 February 2014 at 2:26pm GMT

OOps!
Seven years of Latin just had no impact it seems .....

What I mean is, we should be rubbing their noses into it!

Posted by Martin Reynolds at Thursday, 27 February 2014 at 4:55pm GMT
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