Part of the Church of England's LLF (Living in Love and Faith) Project is about using what is already happening on the ground, in local churches, in the hope that it may enlighten their work, discussions and subsequent public guidance. I was asked to contribute my own experiences of inclusive church by answering these four … Continue reading LLF Response
Today the Church Of England has published guidance for conducting services marking an individual's gender transition. In July 2017 General Synod voted (with strong support from all three houses) in favour of a consideration to create a formal set liturgy that celebrates the gender transition and name change of transgender individuals. This arose from a … Continue reading 11/12/2018 – Guidance for Gender Transition Services
Today is the day the Church celebrates the life and martyrdom of St. Bartholomew The Apostle. Bartholomew (mentioned in only the synoptic gospels) is commonly understood to be the same person as Nathanael (first mentioned in John 1:45). So therefore throughout the blog I will use both names interchangeably, just to confuse you of course! Here … Continue reading Bartholomew or is it Nathanael?
General Synod (made up of bishops, clergy and laity) who represent the Church of England across the UK have passed the motion proposed (by the Diocese of Blackburn, Chris Newlands) which said that transgender people should be 'welcomed and affirmed in their parish church'. The vote by all three houses was an overwhelming majority. I … Continue reading Welcome And Affirmation for Trans Folk
I write this blog over a weekend when some of my closest friends are to be ordained as deacons. They are sacrificing themselves for the ministry of God's Church on earth. 'Searching out the poor and weak, the sick and lonely and those who are oppressed and powerless, reaching into the forgotten corners of the … Continue reading My Transgender Vocation
Every day I pray this prayer: 'I want to know the sufferings of Christ, and the joy of his resurrection life.' This prayer has come with a lot of hurt. Experiences I would never chosen for myself, and pain that goes beyond anything I imagined. Yet, I still pray it every day. It is so … Continue reading Good Friday Reflections
119 words from the Church of England on Bisexuality: From Issues in Human Sexuality: A Statement by the House of Bishops (1991) Lets start with the positives – or a positive. The Church of England recognise there are bisexual people in their worshipping congregation. Now, I see this as positive because the CofE has no authorised … Continue reading 119