Having just returned from General Synod and the final round of Shared Conversations, I’m left with mixed emotions. I should think some of that has to do with being rather tired still. Although you’…
Tonight, before going off on a much-needed holiday, my wife Diana and I were struck by this record of the feedback from the C.of E. General Synod’s recent informal meetings around its shared ‘Conversations on Human Sexualty’ process, just completed.
What did strike me about this report was that it soon became obvious that it was from the point of view of an LGBTQI person – a member of General Synod and a woman. Her experience, at one point, was of some confusion at being bombarded with literature of a conservative nature that was trying to press a particular point of view – quite in contravention of the ‘St. Michael’s Protocol’, which all Synod members had agreed to observe. That such material was even allowed to be distributed does seem a breach of the protocol and must have been upsetting to at least some of those present.
Our hearts go out to this Synod member. We pray that her own testimony might have helped someone to understand why people in her situation still claim full membership of the Church, willing to co-exist with those of different views from herself, but wondering whether she can live any longer with the hostility that some have towards her and her innate sexual make-up.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand