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:
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