Category Archives: Shared Conversations

Back on General Synod after all these years…

Today I attended the online count on Zoom and discovered that I have been elected to the House of Laity of General Synod to represent Oxford Diocese for the next five years. It’s still sinking in… The elections work by … Continue reading

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Rewriting your history: thinking about the Winchester case

What does the ‘stepping back’ of the Bishop of Winchester tell us about history and about power?
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Messiahs I have known

I’ve long lost count of the times I’ve been to a performance of Handel’s Messiah. It was a feature of my childhood, with a train trip from the suburbs to London to hear it. I remember everyone stood for the … Continue reading

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Deleted sex scenes from Living in Love and Faith (1)

What wasn’t included in Living in Love and Faith Continue reading

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Waiting for publication: the week before Living in Love and Faith

What was it like being part of Living in Love and Faith? And what is it like waiting for the final publication? Continue reading

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Dislocation

Here we are in late August at the point in The Time of Covid-19 which may come to be known as The Stopping and Starting. I’m finding it difficult; despite evidence of lower numbers of deaths here from The Thing, … Continue reading

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Bishops to show us the way

Today, the story trending on Twitter is that Phillip Schofield has come out as gay, at the age of 57. He has spoken movingly and passionately about the damage that concealment was doing to him and said that ‘all you … Continue reading

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Love that dares to speak: a study course

There has been some discussion on social media about a new 5-session course, Love that dares to speak, written by Hilary Brand ‘exploring Christian reactions to homosexuality’. I’ve co-led many small group courses – various Emmaus ones and a Pilgrim one – in … Continue reading

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The Episcopal Teaching Document

Talking about sexuality in the Church of England… the next stage after Shared Conversations Continue reading

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Getting into a muddle about sex: lifelong virginity and the Louden amendment

For various reasons, I’ve been going through some of the papers I kept from my stint on General Synod; eight complicated years which included the Higton debate, the AIDS debate, and the various stages of the legislation to permit women … Continue reading

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