Thinking Anglicans

Opinion – 25 March 2017

Bosco Peters Liturgy How Revealed Is Christianity?

Giles Fraser The Guardian Prayer is not wishful nonsense. It helps us to shut up and think

Jayne Ozanne ViaMedia.News Are We an Institutionally Homophobic Church?

Martin Saunders Christian Today In His Grip: A guide to Christian email sign-offs

Scott Gunn Seven whole days Getting your church building ready for guests

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Pam
Pam
4 years ago

Martin Saunders has given me a new perspective. “Kind regards” is out and “Under Aslan’s Paw” is definitely being thought about.

Susannah Clark
Susannah Clark
4 years ago

A much-needed and perceptive article by Jayne. The ‘sins of omission’ are as harmful as ‘those things we ought not to have done’ which is how some people would like to frame homophobia. I think there are a couple of words that deserve serious critique in the Church of England today. The first is erasure: for decades, LGBT+ issues have been erased from most diocesan websites ‘to keep the peace’. Where LGBT+ issues have appeared on most of these sites, it has been in the context of problems and dispute. Where are the support links for young LGBT+ people? ‘Erasure’…… Read more »

Tim Chesterton
4 years ago

Scott Gunn: ‘Mow the grass or rake it or whatever it needs’.

Or in our case, move the snow!

Kate
Kate
4 years ago

“The first is erasure: for decades, LGBT+ issues have been erased from most diocesan websites ‘to keep the peace’.”

York is a good example. The search function brings up just four matches for LGBT of which three relate to Orlando and one is a biog. Nothing at all about diocesan support for LGBTIQ people. In contrast, FRACKING brings up two matches.

More positively, Chichester has just appointed an LGBT liason officer

http://www.chichester.anglican.org/news/2017/03/20/bishops-liaison-officer-lgbti-community-appointed/

Scott Gunn
4 years ago

Tim: Good point. A couple of years ago, I experienced a snowy Palm Sunday. All glory, laud, and shovels!

Tim Chesterton
4 years ago

It’s +9ºC here in Edmonton today, Scott, and the snow is melting, so we might get lucky this year. A snowy Palm Sunday is not uncommon for us in this ‘winter city’.

Father Ron Smith
4 years ago

At least one Anglican-affiliated Church in Asia has recently resiled from endemic homophobia and sexism. The story can be accessed on my blog, and refers to the Philippines Independent Church, whose Council of Bishops has just made a surprising statement – in favour of radical inclusion

David Goss
David Goss
4 years ago

“The first is erasure: for decades, LGBT+ issues have been erased from most diocesan websites ‘to keep the peace’.”
A local Mothers’ Union recently hosted transgender speaker & performer Kate O’Donnell – but they were not allowed to publicise this on the Sheffield Diocese ebulletin. – There was no response to an email,from a third party, querying this decision.

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