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.
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'.
Some people may be understandably confused about the Church of England’s position on same-sex partnerships and equal marriage. Official statements, the publicly-voiced views of senior clergy and broader opinions among church members point in different directions. Part of this is to do with realism, but shifts in understanding also play a part.
Two rural congreagtions say they will vote to leave the Church of Scotland over possible further ordinations of lesbian and gay ministers. In truth, the landscape is changing, says Simon Barrow. Larger numbers may well stay or join the Kirk if it ends its rejection of same-sex relationships, than will leave for the same reason. The refuseniks are looking back, not forward.