Eight Progressive CofE Groups to meet Next Steps Group Bishops

Sep 29, 2022 by

by Colin Coward, Unadulterated Love, from Anglican Ink:

On Friday 30 September two meetings are being held at Lambeth Palace Library. A number of groups have been invited to send two representatives to meet with two bishops (members of the LLF Next Steps Group) and Eeva John.

The Living in Love and Faith office has chosen not to publicise these meetings though they are not secret – I checked with them. The fact of the meetings, the groups invited, the agenda for the meeting, all can be made public – but LLF has chosen not to. Why? Why the reluctance? It means I have been cautious in writing this blog. I have named the organisations but am withholding the names of the representatives of the other groups, though I know them. The Church of England’s neurotic, unhealthy culture of secrecy and anxiety overshadows my feelings as I prepare to attend on Friday.

In the morning, from 11.00 to 13,00, representatives of the General Synod Gender and Sexuality Group, Inclusive Church, OneBodyOneFaith, MOSAIC and Diverse Church will meet Bishops Jonathan Baker (Fulham) and Bev Mason (Warrington) and Eeva John.

In the afternoon from 14.30 to 16.30, representatives from Changing Attitude England, Equal and the Ozanne Foundation will meet with Bishop Helen-Ann Hartley (Ripon), Bishop Sarah Mullally (London), also with Eeva John. Myself and Ann Reddecliffe will be representing the CAE Steering Group.

The meetings on 30 September will be the first time bishops have met corporately with representatives of inclusive and LGBTQIA+ organisations ever, and the first time since 2015 that a meeting has occurred at a senior level (the last time the previous Coalition met in Lambeth Palace).

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The Rev Colin Coward is the founder and former Director of Changing Attitude



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