‘Shared Conversations’ on Human Sexuality in the C. of E.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Shared Conversations website

There is now an “official website for the Shared Conversations on Scripture, Mission and Human Sexuality taking place in the Church of England” here.

The information already on the site includes:

Dates and regional groupings

Programme – each of the regional Shared Conversations will take place over three days, beginning at 10:30 am on the first day and finishing at 4:00 pm on the third day. The full programme is here.

FAQs – How are participants selected?
What is the intended outcome of the Shared Conversations?
How is the safety of participants in the Shared Conversations being protected?

St Michael’s House Protocols – to govern the conversations


General Synod of the Church of England, currently in progress, has revealed the process of the promised ‘Shared Conversations’ on Human Sexuality, which will be conducted under the protocols of the Coventry Cathedral-based Community of Reconciliation. Seminars will be based in each of the dioceses of the Church of England, over a 3-day period, the results of which will then, presumably, be collated and brought forward to a future General Synod.

For those interested in the process, the link, above, to ‘St.Michael’s House Protocols’, will be useful – to assess the probable security of the process. Thoughts have already been expressed at to the security of information being divulged by the participants in the process, and it seems that there is no absolute guarantee that people giving evidence will be immune to action by diocesan bishop. For instance; would a clergy-person already in a relationship with a person of the same gender be free from disciplinary action if s/he were to disclose the facts of such a relationship? These are matters that will need some sort of definition if people are to be encouraged to be frank in their conversations.

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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