Sexuality and Anglican Identities

The University of Chester is engaged in a two-year project, Sexuality and Anglican Identities.

This seeks to engage the Academy, Chaplaincy and Church in conversation about current issues relating to sexuality within the contemporary Anglican context. A particular focus will be on how articulation of various positions on these matters, contribute to competing claims to Anglican identity. The project is funded by the Church Universities Fund.

The first of two open forums at Chester Cathedral, The Past, Present and Future of Christian Marriage, was held on Saturday 22 October, 2016. The second open forum, New Directions in Sexualities and Christianity, will be held from 1 pm to 3 pm on Saturday 11 February. The speakers will be

– Professor Adrian Thatcher, University of Exeter

– Dr Susannah Cornwall, University of Exeter

– The Rev Dr Mark Vasey-Saunders

– Dr David Hilborn, St John’s School of Mission

On Saturday 6 May there will be a day conference, for which there is a call for papers. Proposals of not more than 300 words to be with Dr Jessica Keady ( by 28 February.

More information is on a public Facebook page here.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Saturday, 14 January 2017


Simon Sarmiento, of ‘Thinking Anglicans’ U.K. website, here advertises a series of open forums on matters connected with the Church’s long-running debate on Human Sexuality scheduled to take place at Chester’s Anglican Cathedral.

There will no doubt be many people seeking to understand the attitude of the Church of England’s Bishops, whose recent closed shop discussions have given no clue as to what will be the outcome of their own debate on a matter exercising the minds and consciences of a range of people interested in the prospect of the Church’s upcoming General Synod opening up the Church to Same-Sex Blessings.

Open discussion of the whole matter of sexual ethics – especially relating to the subject of LGBTI people (including clergy) in the Church of England – in an academic environment but also taking place in an English Cathedral Church building; ought to be welcomed by everyone concerned – not least those most intimately involved.

One does wonder, though, whether this series of discussions will make any real difference to the seeming determination of the C. of E. Bishops to keep the subject of Same-Sex Relationships out of sight and out of mind in the Church; while in the world acceptance of Same-Sex relationship has become a legal and moral reality.

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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