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As explained in this press release dated 20 January, a meeting was held on 1 February between the Windsor Report Reception Reference Group and a coalition known as Inclusive Communion:

At the initiative of Changing Attitude, a meeting has been organised with Canon Gregory Cameron, Deputy General Secretary Anglican Consultative Council. Canon Cameron is secretary to the Reception Reference Group, appointed under the chairmanship of the Most Revd Peter Kwong, Primate of Hong Kong, to assist the primates by monitoring the way in which the Windsor Report has been received across the Anglican Communion

The meeting on 1 February will include representatives from member groups of Inclusive Communion, the international lesbian and gay Anglican body established in 2003. Groups known to be sending representatives include Changing Attitude, Integrity USA, LGCM, the Lesbian and Gay Clergy Consultation and the General Synod Human Sexuality Group. Changing Attitude Scotland and Integrity Uganda also hope to be present. Other Inclusive Communion member groups have been invited to submit written submissions.

In the event, the list of those attending was:

Michael Hopkins and Susan Russell (Integrity USA)
Colin and Sally Rogers (Changing Attitudes, England)
Kelvin Holdsworth (Changing Attitude, Scotland)
Paul Collier (General Synod Human Sexuality Group)
Giles Fraser (Inclusive Church)
Richard Kirker and Anthony Braddick-Southgate (LGCM)
Bertrand Olivier (Clergy Consultation)

The group presented this document, summarising their responses to the Windsor Report and this one summarising what Lambeth Conferences and WR have said about listening.

Susan Russell wrote this report of her experience on this trip: A California Yankee in King Arthur’s Communion.

Some other documents by individuals or groups represented are listed below.
Michael Hopkins Broken Promises Result in a Broken Church
A Scottish Response to the Windsor Report
The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement Response to the Windsor Report
Changing Attitude Recommendations for responding to the Windsor Report

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The major conclusion to be drawn from all of these presentations is that either a) the vast majority of bishops at Lambeth 1978 had no idea what Resolution 10 really meant, or b) that the members of Inclusive Communion have a radically different interpretation of the goal of the “pastoral concern for those who are homosexual” mentioned in that resolution than its original proponents. It appears to me obvious from the entire tenor of the resolution that this clause is intended to emphasize the need for a healing ministry to homosexuals, like the ministries to alcoholics, compulsive gamblers, and other… Read more »

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“It appears to me obvious from the entire tenor of the resolution that this clause is intended to emphasize the need for a healing ministry to homosexuals, like the ministries to alcoholics, compulsive gamblers, and other fellow sinners held captive by self-destructive behavior.” I’m afraid there’s nothing “obvious” about this comparison. No reputable medical or psychological authorities hold this opinion. It’s simply an inductive fallacy – specifically a false analogy. I submit that many “conservatives” make this argument this particular way because they so desperately *want* it to be true. And the thing that scares me about it as a… Read more »