Why I voted against the ‘conversion therapy’ ban and transgender motions at Synod

Jul 10, 2017 by

by Ed Shaw, Premier: Do you feel you’ve been asked to vote a few many time recently? Two general elections and a referendum in the last couple of years have tried the patience of many. But over the last few days at the General Synod of the Church of England I have voted more times than I have the...

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General Synod backs ban on conversion therapy

Jul 8, 2017 by

from the Church of England Press Office: The Church of England’s General Synod has backed a motion calling for a ban on the practice of Conversion Therapy aimed at altering sexual orientation. Members of the Church’s national assembly, which is holding its annual July sessions in York,...

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Some observations on the forthcoming Synod debate on Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE)

Jul 6, 2017 by

by Andrew Goddard and Glynn Harrison, Fulcrum: 1. We are grateful to our colleagues and friends Michael King and Robert Song for their observations on the effectiveness and potential harm of ‘conversion therapy’, or sexual orientation change methods (SOCE), in a document recently circulated to...

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Personal accounts of counselling interventions for unwanted same-sex attraction

Jul 6, 2017 by

from Core Issues Trust: The enclosed solicited feedback accounts are the authentic words of current clients in long-term therapy with Core Issues Trust taken over a two week period in preparation for the July 2017 General Synod. These individuals are concerned that the Church of England may...

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Understanding Advocacy Science: Why the ‘Conversion Therapy’ ‘Science Briefing’ Fails to Set the Record Straight and Promotes Viewpoint Discrimination

Jul 5, 2017 by

from Core Issues Trust: 1. PREAMBLE The almost global opposition within the professional mental health bodies examining the efficacy of ‘Conversion Therapy’ reveals little ideological diversity of socio-political viewpoint. Taking on the multiple roles of witness, jury, judge and executioner, such...

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Will the gay rights lobby ban Bible reading?

Jul 2, 2017 by

by Jules Gomes, TCW: Farhad Tehrani is an Iranian Muslim. He is a student at a London University, where I was Chaplain. ‘I am so grateful I can talk to you. My Imam would kill me if I told him I was attracted to other men. I feel so ashamed of my feelings for other men,’ he confides. ‘You don’t...

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