Gay Anglicans and the Primates’ Meeting

Gay Anglicans and the Primates’ Meeting

You are invited to sign retrospectively the open letter which was sent last week by 105 senior Anglicans to the English Archbishops urging them to take the lead in trying to end the second class treatment given to gay Christians.

You can add your name retrospectively to the list of signatories to the Open Letter by going to the special website set up for this purpose.  (Putting your name in the comment section below will not achieve this purpose.)

This is the text of the letter with the original 105 signatories

The Rt Hon and Most Revd Justin Welby

The Rt Hon and Most Revd Dr John Sentamu

January 7th 2016

Your Graces

We the undersigned ask you, our Archbishops, to take an unequivocal message to your meeting of fellow Primates next week that the time has now come for:

•Acknowledgement that we, the Church, have failed in our duty of care to LGBTI members of the Body of Christ around the world.  We have not loved them as we should, and have treated them as a problem to be solved rather than as brothers and sisters in Christ to be embraced and celebrated.  We have made them feel second-class citizens in the Kingdom of God, often abandoned and alone.

•Repentance for accepting and promoting discrimination on the grounds of sexuality, and for the pain and rejection that this has caused. We, the Church, need to apologise for our part in perpetuating rather than challenging ill-informed beliefs about LGBTI people, such as the slanderous view that homosexuals have a predisposition to prey on the young.

We understand that the Primates come from a variety of contexts with differing ways of interpreting the Scriptures, but we urge you to be prophetic in your action and Christ-like in your love towards our LGBTI sisters and brothers who have been ignored and even vilified for too long.

Please be assured of our prayers for you at this time, and that the world will know by our words and actions that everyone who is baptised into the faith is of equal value in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Yours sincerely

  • Father Peter Allan CR, Principal, College of the Resurrection, Mirfield
  • Anthony Archer, House of Laity, General Synod and Member-Elect, Dioceses Commission
  • The Very Revd Christopher Armstrong, Dean of Blackburn
  • The Rt Hon Canon Sir Tony Baldry, House of Laity, General Synod
  • Christina Baron, House of Laity, General Synod
  • Vicky Beeching, Theologian and LGBT Campaigner
  • The Revd Wyn Beynon, House of Clergy, General Synod
  • The Very Revd Mark Bonney, Dean of Ely
  • The Very Revd Mark Boyling, Dean of Carlisle
  • The Rt Hon Ben Bradshaw, MP for Exeter
  • Susan Breen, House of Laity, General Synod
  • The Very Revd David Brindley, Dean of Portsmouth
  • The Rt Hon Chris Bryant, MP for Rhondda
  • The The Very Revd Roger Bush, Dean of Truro
  • The Revd Canon Simon Butler, Prolocutor for the Convocation of Canterbury
  • Tracey Byrne, Chief Executive, Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement
  • The Revd Bob Callaghan, National Co-ordinator, Inclusive Church
  • Prof Mark Chapman, Vice-Principal, Ripon College Cuddesdon and House of Clergy, General Synod
  • The Revd Canon Chris Chivers, Principal, Westcott House, Cambridge
  • Imogen Clout, Warden of Readers, Diocese of Sheffield
  • The Venerable Gavin Collins, Archdeacon of the Meon and House of Clergy, General Synod
  • The Revd Julie Conalty, House of Clergy, General Synod
  • The Very Revd Christopher Dalliston, Dean of Newcastle
  • The Revd Canon Jeremy Davies, former Canon Precentor, Salisbury Cathedral
  • The Rt Revd Michael Doe, former Bishop of Swindon
  • The Very Revd Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield
  • The Revd Duncan Dormor, Dean of St John’s College, Cambridge
  • The Revd Andrew Dotchin, House of Clergy, General Synod
  • The Very Revd Dr Jonathan Draper, Dean of Exeter
  • Dr Martin Elcock, House of Laity, General Synod
  • The Rt Revd Dr Tim Ellis, former Bishop of Grantham, and Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Sheffield
  • The Revd Amanda Fairclough, House of Clergy, General Synod
  • The Revd Canon Kathryn Fitzsimons, House of Clergy, General Synod
  • Father Andrew Foreshew-Cain, House of Clergy, General Synod
  • Anne Foreman, House of Laity, General Synod and Elected Member, Business Committee
  • The Venerable Judy French, Archdeacon of Dorchester
  • Philip French, House of Laity, General Synod
  • The Rt Revd David Gillett, former Bishop of Bolton and former Principal, Trinity College, Bristol
  • The Revd Canon Giles Goddard, Chair of Human Sexuality Group on General Synod
  • The Very Revd Nigel Godfrey, Dean of Man
  • The Revd Canon Andrew Godsall, House of Clergy, General Synod
  • The Revd Timothy Goode, House of Clergy, General Synod
  • Lucy Gorman, Chair of Changing Attitude and House of Laity, General Synod
  • The Venerable Martin Gorick, Archdeacon of Oxford
  • The Revd Kevin Goss, House of Clergy, General Synod
  • The Very Revd Rogers Govender, Dean of Manchester and House of Clergy, General Synod
  • Carolyn Graham, House of Laity, General Synod
  • The Rt Revd Dr Laurie Green, former Bishop of Bradwell
  • Jay Greene, House of Laity, General Synod
  • The Very Revd Dianna Gwilliams, Dean of Guildford and Chair of Inclusive Church
  • Canon Malcolm Halliday, House of Laity, General Synod
  • Canon Robert Hammond, Convenor, Affirming Catholics in General Synod
  • The Revd Canon Rosie Harper, House of Clergy, General Synod
  • The Rt Revd the Lord Harries of Pentregarth, former Bishop of Oxford
  • The Very Revd Nicholas Henshall, Dean of Chelmsford
  • Savi Hensman, Chair, Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement
  • Tim Hind, former Vice-Chair, House of Laity, General Synod
  • Canon Jenny Humphreys, House of Laity, General Synod
  • The Very Revd Dr David Ison, Dean of St Paul’s and House of Clergy, General Synod
  • The Venerable Alan Jeans, Archdeacon of Sarum and House of Clergy, General Synod
  • Dr Rachel Jepson, House of Laity, General Synod
  • The Very Revd Dr Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans
  • The Revd Canon Joyce Jones, House of Clergy and Elected Member, Business Committee, General Synod
  • The Revd Canon Peter Leonard, House of Clergy, General Synod
  • The Revd Prof Diarmaid MacCulloch, Professor of the History of the Church, University of Oxford
  • The Revd Jonathan MacNeaney, House of Clergy, General Synod
  • The Revd Canon Dr Judith Maltby, Corpus Christi College, Oxford and House of Clergy, General Synod
  • Izzy McDonald-Booth, House of Laity, General Synod
  • Professor Iain McLean, Professor of Politics, Nuffield College, Oxford University
  • The Revd Canon Maggie McLean, House of Clergy, General Synod
  • The Revd Canon Richard Mitchell, House of Clergy, General Synod
  • The Very Revd David Monteith, Dean of Leicester
  • The Revd Dr Jeremy Morris, Master of Trinity Hall, Cambridge
  • The Revd Chris Newlands, House of Clergy, General Synod
  • The Venerable David Newman, Archdeacon of Loughborough
  • The Very Revd Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark and House of Clergy, General Synod
  • The Revd Bertrand Olivier, House of Clergy, General Synod
  • Jayne Ozanne, House of Laity, General Synod
  • The Venerable Ricky Panter, Archdeacon of Liverpool
  • The Revd Neil Patterson, House of Clergy, General Synod
  • The Revd Canon Jeremy Pemberton, Senior Chaplain, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • The Very Revd Prof Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford
  • Dr Scot M. Peterson, Bingham Research Fellow in Constitutional Studies, Balliol College, Oxford
  • The Revd Canon Mark Pilgrim, House of Clergy, General Synod
  • The Rt Revd Stephen Platten, former Bishop of Wakefield
  • The Revd Charles Read, Director of Reader Training (Norwich) and House of Clergy, General Synod
  • Professor Muriel Robinson, House of Laity, General Synod
  • The Revd David Runcorn, Associate DDO and Warden of Readers, Diocese of Gloucester
  • The Revd Michael Sadgrove, former Dean of Durham
  • Simon Sarmiento, Chair, LGBTI Anglican Coalition
  • The Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby, former Bishop of Worcester
  • Martin Sewell, House of Laity, General Synod
  • The Rt Revd Humphrey Southern, Principal, Ripon College Cuddesdon
  • The Revd Kate Stacey, House of Clergy, General Synod
  • The Rt Revd David Stancliffe, former Bishop of Salisbury
  • The Venerable Dr Tim Stratford, Archdeacon of Leicester
  • The Hon. Laura Sykes, Convenor, Lay Anglicana
  • The Revd Simon Talbott, House of Clergy, General Synod
  • The Very Revd Michael Tavinor, Dean of Hereford
  • Jeremy Timm, National Co-ordinator, Changing Attitude
  • The Revd Dr Miranda Threlfall-Holmes, House of Clergy, General Synod
  • The Very Revd Stephen Waine, Dean of Chichester
  • The Very Revd Dr Frances Ward, Dean of St Edmundsbury and House of Clergy, General Synod
  • The Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham
  • Professor Linda Woodhead, Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, Lancaster University

If you would like to add your name retrospectively to the list of signatories, you should do so by visiting the special website set up for this purpose.

Comments

1 On 11/01/2016 Paul King wrote:

Well done.  A courteous but forthright communique to the Archbishops.

I am a Methodist minister and a friend of OUTCOME, Methodism’s lesbian and gay group.  We face the music in July with a decision in our Conference, but before that, Districts like our Sheffield one have to convene consultations. We are all in much the same boat - while sisters and brothers are in danger of drowning thanks to supposedly biblical condemnation.

2 On 12/01/2016 Janet Carpenter wrote:

Its good to be part of this open-hearted initiative.

3 On 12/01/2016 David Storey wrote:

Member PCN, Modern Church, Christians Awakening etc. 
Welcome this initiative.  Time has arrived when some attitudes must be declared to be not acceptable from people claiming to Follow Jesus, the Christ.

4 On 12/01/2016 David Gregory-Smith wrote:

While being in sympathy with the views expressed in the letter, I cannot think that an open letter like this will promote reconciliation with our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world who take a different view.

5 On 12/01/2016 Margaret and Peter Brice wrote:

We echo the comments of Paul King and are glad to be associated with this initiative.

6 On 13/01/2016 Pam McCormick. PCN wrote:

I wish to add my name to those commenting above.

I know consideration should be given to the Worldwide Anglican Church but I feel the Church of England is out of step with many in it’s own community.  It is important all should be treated equally and past unvoiced attitudes challenged.

7 On 19/01/2016 George Rusell PCN wrote:

I confess that 30 odd years ago in South Africa I thought that Anglican churches in Africa should start sending missionaries to the mother church in England. Now I feel the mother church should show its offspring how to grow up.
I am not sure that I have fully understood the situation but I do feel the Church of England in England should lead the way in accepting the sexuality of all Christians.
I have to say “CofE in England” because I am aware that the small church in South Africa that calls itself the Church of England in Africa probably disagrees with me.

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