Sex and Gender

  • 9 Dec 2013

    In 2011, Symon Hill was on a pilgrimage of repentance for homophobia when he heard that the Church of England had launched another consultation process on sexuality. The process has led to the Piling Report, which speaks of being more welcoming while promoting policies that say the opposite. There are some good aspects to the report, but it is likely to make little difference to the lives of Christians in their own churches and communities, he suggests. It is a reminder that we cannot rely on hierarchical church processes - change will come from below, not from above.

  • 8 Dec 2013

    A Church of England working party report on sexuality suggests that clergy be allowed to hold public services to mark same-sex partnerships. Some critics have complained that allowing too much flexibility might seem to affirm what the church still officially regards as wrong.

  • 5 Dec 2013

    The Methodist Church has launched a consultation on the implications of same sex marriage legislation for the denomination.

  • 4 Dec 2013

    Today (3 December 2013) is the first day on which I’ve been grateful that the Sun newspaper has far more readers than the Independent .

  • 2 Dec 2013

    Two Anglican bishops have welcomed the publication of a paper arguing that churches with different views in heated debates about sexuality can share common ground.

  • 1 Dec 2013
  • 1 Dec 2013

    Churches with different views in heated debates about sexuality actually share common ground and can move forward despite their differences, says a new paper from the Christian think-tank Ekklesia.

  • 1 Dec 2013

    On 30 November 2013, at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin, Pat Storey was ordained as the Anglican bishop of Meath and Kildare. She had been the rector of St Augustine’s in Derry and is a standing committee member of the Church of Ireland’s general synod.

  • 1 Dec 2013

    Two leading US Protestant women have reflected movingly on the theological and practical links between Advent and the struggle against AIDS.

  • 1 Dec 2013

    Ekklesia associate Savitri Hensman will be appearing on the BBC Radio 4 Sunday programme, and then on local station Radio Berkshire, on the morning of Sunday 1 December – talking about the Pilling report on sexuality in the Church of England, and hopefully getting the chance to mention her own important Ekklesia research paper, 'Church views on sexuality: recovering the middle ground'.