‘Modern Believing’ – Challenges Church Leaders on Same-Sex Relations

Leading theology journal challenges church leaders on same-sex partnerships and marriage

One of the most respected scholarly journals in the religious world is presenting a positive case for gay marriages and same-sex partnerships.

Amid controversy in church and society, marriage equality is taking effect not only in Britain but in many parts of the world. The latest issue ofModern Believing offers an in-depth exploration of the theological questions raised.

The launch

Tuesday 13 May

at 6pm (refreshments 5.45pm)
at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Ave, London WC2H 8EP.
Among the speakers will be the contributors Savitri Hensman and Christina Beardsley.

Entry is free but prior booking is required. Book here

The publication

is the April issue of Modern Believing. This issue is guest-edited by Savitri Hensman, an Ekklesia associate, and contains six articles by theologians presenting a positive response to the growing public acceptance of same-sex partnerships.

The speakers

Savitri Hensman describes how thinking about same-sex partnerships and marriage in the Church of England and other churches has developed over the past century. This is set within a wider context of debate among biblical scholars, changing perspectives on sexuality and gender and conflict within religious institutions and communities.

Marriage is an ascetic practice for same-sex and well as opposite-sex couples, in which ‘life with another can prepare us for life in Trinity’, writes Eugene F Rogers, professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina, re-examining relevant biblical passages.

The late Kenneth Ingram was one of the first Anglican theologians to argue for a consistent approach to opposite-sex and same-sex partnerships. His writings on Christianity and sexual ethics seventy years ago are revisited.

The current state of scientific knowledge about sexual orientation is summarised by David G Myers, professor of psychology at Hope College, Holland, Michigan.

Charlotte Methuen, senior lecturer in church history at the University of Glasgow, points out that cultural context ‘has caused Christian views on marriage to shift and change throughout the church’s history.’ In her view, extending the definition to include same-sex couples may offer wider benefits, ‘enabling the institution of marriage to transcend the profound inequalities which have too often shaped it.’

Love can be a ‘many gendered thing’, suggests Dr Christina Beardsley, looking at the realities of transsexual and transgender people’s lives and questioning inflexible concepts of differences between men and women.

Further information

about this issue of Modern Believing

To book your place at the launch on 13th May.



Savitri Henseman, Social Worker and Journalist, Contributor to Think-Tank Journal ‘Ekklesia’ in the U.K., heads an impressive list of Speakers at a Conference hosted by the publication ‘Modern Believing’. Having met Savi in her parish church, and socially, on a recent London visit, I was impressed by her understanding of the LGBTI and Same-Sex issues that are being discussed around the Anglican world at this time.

It would be great to be a fly on the wall at this conference of speakers, who investigate the arguments for Same Sex Marriage and other aspects of gender and sexuality, with the consensus that Christianity and its relationship to gender and sexuality, and same-sex ethics, will need to be much more widely discussed and understood if institutional misogyny and homophobia are to be properly addressed and dealt with in today’s world.

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand


About kiwianglo

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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One Response to ‘Modern Believing’ – Challenges Church Leaders on Same-Sex Relations

  1. murraysmallbone says:

    It is wonderful that such competent persons are seriously addressing the issues outlined.
    Gender maybe evident at birth(but not in all cases).The expectations of a given gender which we still live with are historical and cultural and as such are grievously limited as measures of integrity of person.Such expectations would be better classified as prejudicial to clear thinking on gender.
    The advance of same sex marriage actually will reinforce our concept(s) of marriage, and further go a long way to addressing the historic and cultural inequalities which exist in opposite sex marriage.
    Gender does not equal sexual orientation;this is the big error in thinking which more rightly belongs in the Bronze Age.

    Regina caeli,ora pro nobis Deum,alleluia.!

    Jesu mercy.! Mary pray.!”

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