FULCRUM to Host Meeting on C. of E.’s Future

Join us this Thursday from 6pm for discussion & debate on the future of the Church of England…

Dear Fulcrum Subscriber,

This is just a quick reminder about out next Pivot^Point event, happening this Thursday, 16th April from 6-8pm.
We’ll discuss the Church of England’s reform and renewal programme, and ask if it has the potential to reverse generations of decline.

Our two speakers are:

The Rt Revd Pete Broadbent – Bishop of Willesden.

The Revd Dr Ian Paul – leading blogger & theologian.

Chaired by The Revd Rachel Marszalek – General Secretary of Fulcrum.

The event is happening in the conference centre at St James the Less, Pimlico – located very close to Victoria tube station. All you need to do to secure your free ticket is to register via eventbrite by clicking here (also click that link for more information).

We are hopeful that future events will be able to take place outside London. Do get in contact with us if you would like to host an event.

Please pass this invitation on to anyone in your church (or anyone else!) who may be interested in this vital topic.

See you soon,

The Fulcrum Team


This message arrived in my computer In-Box this morning. Its palpable sense of urgency just happens to coincide with a special Meeting of the GAFCON Primates in London, there ostensibly to shore up their schismatic plant on the doorstep of the Church of England, purporting to be the “Anglican Mission in England” (AMiE) under the patronage of the Archbishop of Kenya – Chair of the GAFCON conservative block  that has resiled from meeting with other Primates at the Primates Meeting and at the meeting of Anglican Bishops at the Lambeth Conference.

At least one of the Speakers at this FULCUM Meeting, the Revd Ian Paul – a theologian and minister of the Church of England – is known for his rooted opposition to the ordination of Gay Clergy in the Church of England, and his blog support for GAFCON’s  antipathy towards the same entity.

The other Speaker, Bishop Pete Broadbent, is of a broader bent in his attitude on the subject of gender and sexuality, so it will be interesting to note how the two Speakers sort out FULCRUM’s public attitude towards the meeting of the GAFCON Primates in the U.K. at this juncture of the history of our world-wide Anglican Communion. Of course, Fulcrum only exists in the U.K., so their determination on this matter will only affect the members of the C. of E.

Nevertheless, the timing of this meeting – while GAFCON is seeking to influence the Church of England towards a more conservative approach to matters of sexuality than it sees as being exercised at the moment – one cannot but wonder whether FULCRUM, too, might support the newly planted A.M.i.E on their doorstep, on the grounds of their own attitude towards the subject that is currently dividing the Communion.

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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4 Responses to FULCRUM to Host Meeting on C. of E.’s Future

  1. Peter Carrell says:

    Hi Ron
    Fulcrum doesn’t support AMIE. End of story.

  2. kiwianglo says:

    Maybe not, Peter, but I wouldn’t be too sure about the affections of 1 of the Speakers.

  3. Peter Carrell says:

    Given that Ian Paul clearly and unequivocally supports the ordination of women, I say again, you are misunderstanding the situation in England. Fulcrum is dedicated to the evangelical centre IN the CofE, not to fostering an agenda which possibly or even probably will lead to schism in the CofE.

  4. kiwianglo says:

    Thank you, Peter, for your comment. I am aware that Ian Paul has supported women’s ordination. However, he has also clearly indicated that he is not in favour of the ordination of Gay clergy or the Blessing of Same-Sex Unions. To me, this still falls short of the full inclusivity that I believe God requires of the Church. I guess the differences between you and me centre around this full inclusivity paradigm. Otherwise, I think that we can agree on many things about our Anglican heritage that are consonant with the hope of salvation held out to us all in Jesus Christ.
    Agape, Ron

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