Thinking Anglicans

Opinion – 2 April 2022

Susanna Rust IPE magazine How we run our money: Church Commissioners for England
“Church Commissioners for England CIO, Tom Joy, tells Susanna Rust about the fund’s pursuit of genuine diversification and responsible investment.”

Chrissie Chevasutt ViaMedia.News Good News From Via Media: on Transgender Day of Visibility

Giles Fraser UnHerd Does Prince Andrew deserve forgiveness?
“There’s nothing moral about a mother’s love”

Robin Dunbar The Guardian The big idea: do we still need religion?
“In a world of scientific miracles, what does faith have to offer us?”

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Susannah Clark
1 month ago

Chrissie, I have been engaging on trans issues with a very sensitive senior member of an evangelical Anglican church in Oxford, and I have to say I found the discourse respectful, constructive, and helpful for wider understanding of the challenges for churches trying to understand and address trans people in their communities. I felt dignified by the process, and I think we both felt our outlook had been opened wider and enlarged. Good discourse is possible. So I really wish you well in your work. If helpful, I have about 20 pages of questions and answers that cover our discourse… Read more »

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Chrissie Chevasutt
Chrissie Chevasutt
Reply to  Susannah Clark
1 month ago

Susannah,
Thank you for warm encouragement. I’ve tried to email you on address on your website but have recieved ‘unable to deliver’ notification?
You can contact me via email address on St Columba’s website, I’d love to talk further.
Chrissie

Susannah Clark
Reply to  Chrissie Chevasutt
1 month ago

Hi Chrissie – email sent. The address on my contact page is live – but instead of (at) just put @. Anyway, you should now have the address set out in the email I have sent!

Fr Dean
Fr Dean
1 month ago

Days away from her 96th birthday, and clearly getting very frail, how could anyone begrudge HM this loving gesture to her recalcitrant son? Well said Giles. Andrew’s public role is clearly finished though it seems that he hasn’t caught up with that reality just yet, but this was a family occasion. I occasionally had a mourner arrive in handcuffs for a close relative’s funeral. We always made sure that prisoner and prison officers were given tea and biscuits and the chance to use the loo having often travelled the length of the country to get there. In consultation with the… Read more »

Tim Chesterton
1 month ago

Fascinating article by Robin Dunbar.

Rod Gillis
Rod Gillis
Reply to  Tim Chesterton
1 month ago

It kind of is at first brush,Tim. I’ve often wondered if ‘speaking in tongues’ is some sort of non-rational mood driven catharsis. However, as a human being I am more than sublated bio-chemical processes. The human subject is multi-layered. For example, I doubt very much that Dietrich Bonhoeffer thought what he thought, did what he did, wrote what he wrote because it gave him an ‘endorphin high’ or some such thing. The query about the viability of religion in society is actually a manifold.

andrew s
andrew s
1 month ago

A great title in his piece from Giles Fraser, ‘does prince Andrew deserve forgiveness?’ That’s the entire point about forgiveness! None of us deserve it That’s the wonder of Good Friday and Easter.

Bob
Bob
Reply to  andrew s
1 month ago

Totally agree. In today’s “tolerant and inclusive” society there is no forgiveness. The Easter message is so counter cultural.

peterpi - Peter Gross
peterpi - Peter Gross
Reply to  Bob
1 month ago

There is plenty of intolerance about forgiveness from all sectors of society, the more-Christian-than-thou on the right included. “Love the sinner, hate the sin,” feels more often than not the other way around. It’s always felt to me like an excuse to be patronizing and condescending. And when elected officials of a major political party in the USA in high positions of power use their authority to score points with their political base by attacking GLB and especially T people, and legally trying to marginalize them, lack of forgiveness is thriving amongst the “nontolerant and exclusive” segments of society as… Read more »

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