Nothing new here: how the human sexuality debate repeats the women priests debate

I’ve been going through my old papers from when I was on General Synod; I represented the Diocese of Guildford for seven years or so. During the July 2017 sessions, I read a lot of comments about the complexity of some of the motions, with so many amendments proposed that it could become difficult to keep track of what was going on, and a lot of comments about the behaviour of members. At the time I thought, ‘Come on, people – hasn’t it always been like that?’ I also reflected, and not for the first time, that the current debates around sexuality are very similar in many ways to those I lived through around the ordination of women.

Below, you’ll see my report for the diocesan newspaper in 1989. I’ll leave you to read it – I think any commentary from me would be superfluous.


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I blog on a range of subjects arising from various aspects of my life. On, I focus on my reactions to early retirement and think about aspects of teaching and research which I hope will be stimulating to those still working in higher education. On, I blog as an authorized lay preacher in a pretty standard parish church of the Church of England, who needs to write in order to find out what she thinks. I took part in the Oxford/St Albans/Armed Forces C of E 'Shared Conversations' in March 2016 and continue to try to reflect on some of the issues. On I share my thoughts on various aspects of the history of medicine and the body. I also write for The Conversation UK on
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