C.of E. Sexuality Working Group – asks for Submissions

Church of England: Sexuality Working Group asks for contributions

Press release from Church House Westminster: Group on human sexuality invites submissions.

23 February 2012

The group chaired by Sir Joseph Pilling to advise the House of Bishops on the Church of England’s approach to human sexuality has invited submissions. Written submissions can be sent, to arrive by 31 May, to: Sexuality Working Group, c/o Central Secretariat, Church House, Gt Smith Street, London SW1P 3AZ or sexualityworkinggroup@churchofengland.org. The group will also invite oral evidence at a later stage.

The House of Bishops announced on 1 July, 2011, that it intended to draw together material from the listening process undertaken within the Church of England over recent years in the light of the 1998 Lambeth Conference resolution. It also committed itself to offering proposals on how the continuing discussion within the Church of England about these matters might best be shaped in the light of the listening process. The task of Sir Joseph’s group, announced last month, is to help the House discharge its commitment to produce a consultation document.

The full text of the 1 July statement can be found at:
http://www.churchofengland.org/media/1289380/gsmisc997.pdf.

The press release announcing the working group can be found at:
http://www.churchofengland.org/media-centre/news/2012/01/group-to-advise-house-of-bishops-on-human-sexuality-announced.aspx”>http://www.churchofengland.org/media/1289380/gsmisc997.pdf.

The press release announcing the working group can be found at:
http://www.churchofengland.org/media-centre/news/2012/01/group-to-advise-house-of-bishops-on-human-sexuality-announced.aspx.

Earlier in the month some Questions were asked at General Synod about the terms of reference for this group. See General Synod Questions on Sexuality Reviews.

Also at that General Synod, the LGB&T Anglican Coalition undertook an Act of Witness, see the press release here (PDF) and pictures here.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Saturday, 3 March 2012
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This shows that the Church of England is actually working on the task of analysing responses to their invitation from LGBT people and others, for information about gender-difference and sexual-orientation amongst members of the Church – and from any other genuine source that cares to contribute to the study.
     
        Only as people are encouraged to respond fully to this call  – inviting those who are interested to contribute towards the research that is already under-way  in the Anglican Communion – can the Church ever hope to overcome the entrenched and endemic suspicion of what has hitherto been regarded as ‘perverse’ sexual activity among Christian people.
     
          I have already made my own submission to the Commission, and I hope that others – with experience of the stories of actual people who have been side-lined by both Church and society for their natural God-given sexual-orientation, or who are happily living in a monogamous, faithful same-sex relationship – will risk their reputation in making their submission. 
        Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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