Thinking Anglicans

Opinion – 28 October 2020

Charlie Bell ViaMedia.News Collusion, Hypocrisy & the Greasy Pole to Success

Colin Coward Unadulterated Love Living in Love and Faith in a Systemically Abusive Church

Stephen Parsons Surviving Church The work of a Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor. Insights from the Whitsey Report

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Kate
Kate
26 days ago

In the week when the Government has started a consultation (https://committees.parliament.uk/call-for-evidence/291/reform-of-the-gender-recognition-act) on changes to the Equality Act to make it easier to exclude trans people from refuges, changing rooms and toilets, it is tone-deaf of Charlie Bell to say “The secular world has grasped the nettle and respected the dignity of LGBT people.”. I usually have the highest respect for ViaMedia News but publication of an article which takes the view that LGBT people are respected in society because gay men are, is distressing.

Savi Hensman
Savi Hensman
22 days ago
Reply to  Kate

It is not a government consultation, Kate, but rather an inquiry by a select committee which tends to be better on equalities issues in general than cabinet ministers. And the situation for those in, or considering, being married to a same-gender spouse (not just gay men) is indeed very different in churches compared to most forms of employment or leadership roles, even if hidden unlawful discrimination is still a problem.

Helen King
Helen King
26 days ago

Fine piece by Charlie Bell. I’d take issue with one section: “The lying, silence, dissembling and wink-wink nudge-nudge way of ‘managing’ homosexuality in Church circles is not only embarrassing, but a grave sin. It moves the church into a place of hypocrisy and collusion, and it is one we are far too willing to tolerate.”
The church is already in that ‘place’ and has been for a long time. Love still doesn’t dare to speak its name.

Janet Fife
Janet Fife
25 days ago

Stephen Parsons’ blog highlights just how difficult a time some conscientious DSAs have had, in carrying out their duties to a good professional standard. It must have been exhausting and very painful to be continually baffled in attempts to deal well with these difficult situations, as the Chester DSA was. I hope all dioceses will now upgrade their DSAs to DSO status, and without delay. They need to be able to take executive decisions, rather than merely advise.

Kate
Kate
25 days ago
Reply to  Janet Fife

Someone recruited as DSA isn’t necessarily the right person to be a DSO.

Janet Fife
Janet Fife
24 days ago
Reply to  Kate

Nevertheless, all dioceses should have a DSO.

Kate
Kate
24 days ago
Reply to  Janet Fife

Agreed but we need to recognise that that might mean making a DSA redundant so we need to be somewhat sensitive about the subject I think

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