Regional Shared Conversations Conclude

Mar 11, 2016 by

[Editor’s note: these articles (and others which will be added from time to time) consist of comments and reports on the Shared Conversations process, analysis of the thinking underlying them, and assessments of possible ways forward. They show that the methods used in the Conversations reveal a change in how the Church of England understands itself. Once a generous space for broad variety of Anglican expression under a framework of orthodox Christian doctrine, the C of E now appears to be moving in a different direction: overt pluralism (many different views are valid, including contradictory understandings of doctrine) under a framework of ‘good relationships’. In the wide ranging discussions about Scripture, sexuality and mission, various strands of Christian orthodoxy are still respected, but other philosophies are given equal weight. It has been assumed that this change is necessary for the ongoing mission of the Church as it engages with culture. There needs to be an urgent debate among orthodox Anglicans as to whether such a compromise and confusion about the Church’s message and purpose helps or hinders the possibility of authentic Gospel mission in and from the C of E.]

Shared Conversations: a snapshot of the C of E, and a pointer to the future? By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream

Reflections from evangelical participants in Shared Conversations, from the website of Evangelical Group in General Synod (EGGS)

Shared Conversations come to an end, by Madeleine Davies, Church Times

Senior Anglicans launch bid to find “middle way” over homosexuality, by Harry Farley, Christian Today

Spiritually discerning the redefinition of marriage, by Joe Boot, Ezra Institute

A review of “A Way Forward”, by Martin Davie (a critique of the report from the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, which recommends blessings of same sex marriages after conducting a similar ‘conversation’ process to the C of E).


Articles from 2015

“Not enough conservatives; theology too liberal”, says lesbian participant in Shared Conversations, by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream

Grace and Disagreement: Shared Conversations on Scripture, Mission and Human Sexuality, by Martin Davie

Living Reconciliation; a review of the book by Phil Groves and Angharad Parry Jones, by Martin Davie

Grace and Disagreement – what about truth? By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream

Why disagreement is not good, Part 1 by Martin Davie

Why disagreement is not good, part 2 by Martin Davie

What is the purpose of the Facilitated Conversations, by Thurstan Stigand


from 2014

Reform calls for decisive intervention to save Shared Conversations from collapse

The purpose of the Shared Conversations, as introduced by the Bishop of Sheffield in 2014



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