Church of England Appoints Lesbian in Partnered Relationship to head Interim Director of Ministry

Sep 5, 2018 by

by David Virtue, Virtueonline:

The Rev. Dr. Mandy Ford, a lesbian in a civil partnership, has been appointed to lead the Church of England’s Ministry Division, according to an official press release from Church House.

Her title will be Interim Director of Ministry. It is the first such appointment of a same-sex partnered person to this position.

The Church of England’s current position is that marriage is between a man and a woman, however it has also maintained the position that it supports celibate same-sex relationships including civil partnership.

During July and August, a number of Cathedrals publicly indicated support for LGBT ‘Pride’ festivals by flying the rainbow flag from tower flagpoles. Some theologians, bloggers and conservative church network leaders condemned the practice, pointing out that the rainbow flag is a symbol of an ideology and agenda which is profoundly hostile to historic Christian faith. Southwark Cathedral was one such cathedral.

Till now, Ford has been Canon Chancellor at Southwark Cathedral and Director of Ministerial Education for the Diocese of Southwark. Ford will take up the post later this month. She succeeds the Rev. Julian Hubbard, who departs after seven years as Director of Ministry. She has been seen at Gay Pride Parade days. This will be seen as further deepening the rift between Evangelicals and the rest of the Church of England. Evangelicals in the Diocese of Southwark were concerned when she was appointed as IME Director.

In her current role in the Diocese of Southwark, she is responsible for overseeing the training of curates, professional development of the clergy and training and discipleship for lay people.

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See also this report from PJ Media

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