LGBTI Anglican Coalition Supports the Church of England's Shared
the LGBTI Anglican Coalition welcomes these, and our members will be
praying for a successful outcome.
9 SEPTEMBER 2014: PRESS STATEMENT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LGBTI ANGLICAN COALITION SUPPORTS CHURCH OF
From 15 to 17 September, the
College of Bishops of the Church of England will be meeting for
two days to start the process of Shared Conversations on Sexuality,
Scripture and Mission.
The LGBTI Anglican Coalition
welcomes this first step and our members will be praying for a
successful outcome to the meeting. Although we have reservations
about the context in which
this is taking place – articulated
very clearly in the recent letter sent from the Trustees of
Changing Attitude to all those attending the meeting – nevertheless
we welcome the initiative,
and hope it bears fruit.
We believe that there are two
specific ways in which the College can and should signal that the
meeting has been successful.
- The first is to affirm in
public that some of their members are themselves gay or bisexual.
- The second is to affirm that within the College there exists a
diversity of opinion about the
policy issues surrounding
sexuality, including both the recognition of civil partnerships and
acceptability of same-sex marriage as a legal right.
These two small steps would do
much to enhance the credibility of the bishops, and to
LGBTI clergy and laity to participate in subsequent stages of the