Shared Conversations: a Foretaste

Mar 3, 2015 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream The Pilling Report came to a conclusion that the Church of England should be “cautious” about pronouncing definitively on the ethics of same sex relationships, because scholars are divided on what we can learn from the Bible in this matter. For many evangelicals not steeped in revisionist theology, this idea seems strange to say the least. Homosexual practice is repeatedly condemned in Scripture, isn’t it? Who are these scholars who deny...

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Banning reparative therapy for gay minors is ‘a form of child abuse’

Feb 28, 2015 by

By Ben Johnson, LifeSite: Not only would Illinois legislators not be protecting children by enacting a ban on “conversion therapy,” they would be engaging in “a form of child abuse,” according to a man who left the homosexual lifestyle three decades ago. Stephen Black of the Restored Hope Network told the Illinois Family Institute that reparative therapy helps minors who struggle with unwanted same-sex attraction. While opponents have said that psychological counseling to reduce sexual...

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Now A Chance to Fight Back!

Feb 24, 2015 by

From NARTH: Oklahoma Representative Sally Kern introduces a bill to protect the right of individuals and families to seek professional therapeutic assistance for unwanted homosexual attraction. OKLAHOMA HOUSE BILL NO. 1598 (reads in part) NEW LAW A new section of law to be codified in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section 1925.21 of Title 59, unless there is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows: A. No state government or any political subdivision thereof or any agency of the...

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Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby discusses gay rights with Muslim students

Feb 24, 2015 by

by Jenn Selby, Independent: The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby gave a surprising response to students when they grilled him on the subject of homosexuality. Speaking to sixth formers at the St Alban’s Academy in Highgate – a Church of England school where 80 per cent of its pupils are Muslim – he clarified his stance on gay marriage and admitted he “had a lot of gay friends”, despite initially struggling with his views on same sex relationships. “I’m listening very,...

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Ban on therapy for same sex attraction

Feb 21, 2015 by

On January 16th 2015 the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) supported a ban (1) on therapy (2) for people with homosexual desires who wish to reduce (3) them. The ban, while permitting therapy which seeks to increase homosexual desires, forbids therapy which seeks to decrease homosexual desires. Any ban on a freely chosen therapy is only justified if there is good evidence that the therapy does not work or is on balance harmful. • The American Psychological Association says “…there is...

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Grace and Disagreement – what about Truth?

Feb 19, 2015 by

Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream The Church of England’s “Shared Conversations” were officially launched in a low key manner at the February Synod: the website went live, and two booklets were published under the title “Grace and Disagreement”. The first of these booklets, subtitled “Thinking through the Process”, explains how facilitated discussions around the divisions over sexuality were recommended by the Pilling Report of November 2013. We now have a clear insight into the philosophy...

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