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CHURCH OF ENGLAND CONSULTATIONS ON HUMAN SEXUALITY
STATEMENT FROM THE HOUSE OF BISHOPS 23 November 2016
The House of Bishops of the Church of England met at Lambeth Palace on Wednesday 23 November. The formal meeting was preceded by a Eucharist where the Bishops remembered St Clement. Prayers were said for those across the globe who are persecuted for their faith, victims of religious violence and those with responsibility for Government.
The meeting received an update on the work of the Bishops' Reflection Group on Sexuality by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in September 2016 to assist the process of consideration. As with the meeting of the College of Bishops in September, the considerations of the House of Bishops took place in private, with reflections due to be shared with the wider College of Bishops next month. It is envisaged the House will prepare material to bring to the General Synod for initial consideration in February 2017.
COLLEGE OF BISHOPS REFLECTION GROUP 16 December 2016
Following the statement from the College of Bishops issued on 15 September 2016, the Church of England has published the terms of reference of the Bishops' Reflection Group on Human Sexuality and the membership of the group.
Bishops' Reflection Group on Human Sexuality Terms of Reference
To assist the Bishops of the Church of England in their reflection on issues relating to human sexuality, in the light of theological, biblical, ecumenical, Anglican Communion, pastoral, missiological, historical and societal considerations bearing on these issues, and following experiences of the shared conversations held around the Church between 2014 and 2016. To assist the House of Bishops in identifying questions in relation to human sexuality, with particular reference to same sex relationships. It will also develop possible answers to those questions for the House to consider, as a contribution to the leadership which the House provides to the Church on such issues. To provide material to assist the House of Bishops in its reflections in November 2016, and subsequently as requested, and to assist the House in its development of any statements on these matters which it may provide to the wider Church. To consider any matter which the Archbishops request that the group should have on its agenda.
Membership of Group: Rt Revd Graham James, Bishop of Norwich (Chair) Rt Revd Pete Broadbent, Bishop of Willesden (Vice-Chair) Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford Rt Revd Jonathan Goodall, Bishop of Ebbsfleet Rt Revd Julian Henderson, Bishop of Blackburn Rt Revd Libby Lane, Bishop of Stockport Rt Revd Dame Sarah Mullally, Bishop of Crediton Rt Revd Martin Seeley, Bishop of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich Rt Revd Rod Thomas, Bishop of Maidstone Rt Revd Dr Jo Bailey Wells, Bishop of Dorking
STATEMENT FROM THE COLLEGE OF BISHOPS ON THE RESULTS OF THE SHARED CONVERSATIONS PROCESS 15 December 2016
Discussions on issues of sexuality took place as part of a new process of episcopal discernment which will continue during the meetings of the House of Bishops in November and December of this year and in January next year at the next meeting of the College of Bishops.
These discussions were undertaken by the College of Bishops alone. Whilst the process of episcopal discernment is in the public domain the Bishops agreed that the contents of their discussion should not be shared in public during the process so as to enable those discussions to be conducted freely and in a spirit of full collegiality. Consequently the contents of the conversations will remain private and participants have agreed not to comment on the contents of the discussions beyond their own views.
Following the conclusion of the shared conversations process the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have invited some bishops to take forward work on sexuality to assist the episcopal discernment process. The Bishops' Reflection Group on Sexuality will be chaired by Graham James, the Bishop of Norwich. The full membership of the group and its terms of reference will be published in due course.
PUBLICATION BY THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND OF THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE AND RESOURCES TO SUPPORT THE SHARED CONVERSATIONS ON LGBT ISSUES
12 February 2015
Given the previous attempts in the Pilling Report to write trans people out of the picture it is very important that trans people take part.
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