Church of England to Tackle Homophobia – G.S. Report

Church of England and Stonewall to target homophobic bullying

Posted on: November 19, 2013 4:36 PM

Bp John Richard is the Church of England’s episcopal spokesperson on education in the House of Lords
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The Church of England and gay rights group Stonewall are to work together to tackle homophobic bullying in Church schools, it has been announced.

Stonewall said that, while it had not always agreed with the Church, they were “both on the same side here”.

The news was revealed on day one of a three-day meeting of the ruling general synod at Church House, Westminster.

In July, the Archbishop of Canterbury said he would “specifically target” homophobic bullying in Church schools.

The Bishop of Oxford, the Right Reverend John Pritchard, revealed the collaboration on Monday afternoon, in answer to a question from members of the synod.

Read the rest at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24996368

[Editor’s note: To learn more about the Anglican Communion‘s commitment to stand in solidarity with homosexual people when others ‘throw stones’ – both literally and metaphorically – at them visithttp://www.dontthrowstones.info/]

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This latest news from the Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS) web-site, gives hope for a better understanding and treatment of intrinsically Gay children in schools. The Bishop of Oxford, The Rt. Revd. John Pritchard, announced on the first day of the Church of England General Synod, on Monday, 18 November at Church House, Westminster, that the Church would be co-operating with the charity ‘Stonewall’ to find ways of eliminating homophobic bullying in schools, where it has been found that 50% of gay children have experienced bullying.

This follows on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s initiative at the previous York General Synod meeting in July, when he said this:

“The majority of the population rightly detests homophobic behaviour or anything that looks like it and sometimes they look at us and see what they don’t like. With nearly a million children educated in our schools, we not only must demonstrate a profound commitment to stamp out such stereotyping and bullying, but we must also take action.

“We are therefore developing a programme for use in our schools, taking the best advice we can find anywhere, that specifically targets such bullying.”

As a direct result of this; the Church of England and gay rights group ‘Stonewall’ are to work together to tackle homophobic bullying in Church schools, it has been announced.

‘Stonewall’ said that, while it had not always agreed with the Church, they were “both on the same side here”.

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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