Thinking Anglicans

Opinion – 5 October 2022

Stephen Kuhrt psephizo How to encourage bullying in the Church

The Guardian C of E must welcome gay people or face questions in parliament, says MP
“Labour’s Ben Bradshaw says church is ‘actively pursuing a campaign of discrimination’ against lesbian and gay people”

Paul Wheatley The Living Church Why Study Biblical Languages?

Laudable Practice ‘Thou hast crowned the year with thy goodness’: Thanksgiving for Harvest in the 18th Century Church of England


Living in Love and Faith: what is happening now?

Updated Wednesday 5 October

Our most recent report on this was published on 2 September: Living in Love and Faith – Listening.

The Campaign for Equal Marriage in the Church of England has recently posted these articles:

Helen King has posted these items at Shared Conversations:

Colin Coward has posted at Unadulterated Love:

The Church Times reports: Bishops say meetings with LGBTQ reps at Lambeth Palace were fruitful

I will add links to any further relevant articles that are published.

The LLF Roadmap  currently (updated 5 October) says [plus exact dates as reported to TA]:

Sep-Oct Next Steps Group Members of the Next Steps Group of bishops are holding meetings with representatives of 21 organisations and networks representing a wide possible range of views relating to identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage. The organisations are listed below. *
Sep College of Bishops This meeting, which was to initiate the bishops’ process of discernment and decision-making, was cancelled because of the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Instead bishops are doing some reflective work individually ahead of the meeting in October.
Oct College of Bishops Bishops will gather for two days to begin the discernment process, including considering proposals for a way forward, the implications for formal decision-making, and how this will be communicated to members of General Synod and the wider Church. [31 October – 2 November]
Dec College & House of Bishops Bishops will gather for two days to finalise proposals and reflect on what is needed to support the decision-making processes in General Synod. [12 -14 December]
Jan 23 College of Bishops Bishops will finalise proposals to bring to Synod in February. [17 January]


*The list of organisations and networks is:

The Society Mosaic Affirming Catholics
Society of the Holy Cross Church Missionary Society CEEC
New Wine USPG The Church Society
HTB Network Changing Attitude (England) Living Out
One Body One Faith Campaign for Equal Marriage Evangelical Group of GS
Diverse Church Ozanne Foundation The Junia Network
GS Human Sexuality Group Society of Catholic Priests Inclusive Church



Opinion – 1 October 2022

C Don Jones Patheos The Dying Church?

Stephen Parsons Surviving Church The Clergy Disciplinary Measure revisited


Bishop of Aberdeen & Orkney update

I reported here in August that the Bishop of Aberdeen & Orkney had been suspended, and that the suspension had been lifted when she appealed against it. The Episcopal Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church has now refused the appeal by a majority of three to two. The bishop’s suspension from office now resumes with immediate effect until further notice, while the next stage of the process takes place.

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