Call for the CoE to repent for its treatment of gays

 

Call for the CoE to repent for its treatment of gays

The Rt Hon and Most Revd Justin Welby
The Rt Hon and Most Revd Dr John Sentamu

January 7th 2016

Your Graces

We the undersigned ask you, our Archbishops, to take an unequivocal message to your meeting of fellow Primates next week that the time has now come for:

Acknowledgement that we, the Church, have failed in our duty of care to LGBTI members of the Body of Christ around the world. We have not loved them as we should, and have treated them as a problem to be solved rather than as brothers and sisters in Christ to be embraced and celebrated. We have made them feel second-class citizens in the Kingdom of God, often abandoned and alone.
Repentance for accepting and promoting discrimination on the grounds of sexuality, and for the pain and rejection that this has caused. We, the Church, need to apologise for our part in perpetuating rather than challenging ill-informed beliefs about LGBTI people, such as the slanderous view that homosexuals have a predisposition to prey on the young.
We understand that the Primates come from a variety of contexts with differing ways of interpreting the Scriptures, but we urge you to be prophetic in your action and Christ-like in your love towards our LGBTI sisters and brothers who have been ignored and even vilified for too long.

Please be assured of our prayers for you at this time, and that the world will know by our words and actions that everyone who is baptised into the faith is of equal value in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Yours sincerely
Father Peter Allan CR, Principal, College of the Resurrection, Mirfield

Anthony Archer, House of Laity, General Synod and Member-Elect, Dioceses Commission

The Very Revd Christopher Armstrong, Dean of Blackburn

The Rt Hon Canon Sir Tony Baldry, House of Laity, General Synod

Christina Baron, House of Laity, General Synod

Vicky Beeching, Theologian and LGBT Campaigner

The Revd Wyn Beynon, House of Clergy, General Synod

The Very Revd Mark Bonney, Dean of Ely

The Very Revd Mark Boyling, Dean of Carlisle

The Rt Hon Ben Bradshaw, MP for Exeter

Susan Breen, House of Laity, General Synod

The Very Revd David Brindley, Dean of Portsmouth

The Rt Hon Chris Bryant, MP for Rhondda

The The Very Revd Roger Bush, Dean of Truro

The Revd Canon Simon Butler, Prolocutor for the Convocation of Canterbury

Tracey Byrne, Chief Executive, Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement

The Revd Bob Callaghan, National Co-ordinator, Inclusive Church

Prof Mark Chapman, Vice-Principal, Ripon College Cuddesdon and House of Clergy, General Synod

The Revd Canon Chris Chivers, Principal, Westcott House, Cambridge

Imogen Clout, Warden of Readers, Diocese of Sheffield

The Venerable Gavin Collins, Archdeacon of the Meon and House of Clergy, General Synod

The Revd Julie Conalty, House of Clergy, General Synod

The Very Revd Christopher Dalliston, Dean of Newcastle

The Revd Canon Jeremy Davies, former Canon Precentor, Salisbury Cathedral

The Rt Revd Michael Doe, former Bishop of Swindon

The Very Revd Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield

The Revd Duncan Dormor, Dean of St John’s College, Cambridge

The Revd Andrew Dotchin, House of Clergy, General Synod

The Very Revd Dr Jonathan Draper, Dean of Exeter

Dr Martin Elcock, House of Laity, General Synod

The Rt Revd Dr Tim Ellis, former Bishop of Grantham, and Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Sheffield

Margaret Evans, House of Laity, General Synod

The Revd Amanda Fairclough, House of Clergy, General Synod

The Revd Canon Kathryn Fitzsimons, House of Clergy, General Synod

Father Andrew Foreshew-Cain, House of Clergy, General Synod

Anne Foreman, House of Laity, General Synod and Elected Member, Business Committee

The Venerable Judy French, Archdeacon of Dorchester

Philip French, House of Laity, General Synod

The Rt Revd David Gillett, former Bishop of Bolton and former Principal, Trinity College, Bristol

The Revd Canon Giles Goddard, Chair of Human Sexuality Group on General Synod

The Very Revd Nigel Godfrey, Dean of Man

The Revd Canon Andrew Godsall, House of Clergy, General Synod

The Revd Timothy Goode, House of Clergy, General Synod

Lucy Gorman, Chair of Changing Attitude and House of Laity, General Synod

The Venerable Martin Gorick, Archdeacon of Oxford

The Revd Kevin Goss, House of Clergy, General Synod

The Very Revd Rogers Govender, Dean of Manchester and House of Clergy, General Synod

Carolyn Graham, House of Laity, General Synod

The Rt Revd Dr Laurie Green, former Bishop of Bradwell

Jay Greene, House of Laity, General Synod

The Very Revd Dianna Gwilliams, Dean of Guildford and Chair of Inclusive Church

Canon Malcolm Halliday, House of Laity, General Synod

Canon Robert Hammond, Convenor, Affirming Catholics in General Synod

The Revd Canon Rosie Harper, House of Clergy, General Synod

The Rt Revd the Lord Harries of Pentregarth, former Bishop of Oxford

The Very Revd Nicholas Henshall, Dean of Chelmsford

Savi Hensman, Chair, Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement

Tim Hind, former Vice-Chair, House of Laity, General Synod

Canon Jenny Humphreys, House of Laity, General Synod

The Very Revd Dr David Ison, Dean of St Paul’s and House of Clergy, General Synod

The Venerable Alan Jeans, Archdeacon of Sarum and House of Clergy, General Synod

Dr Rachel Jepson, House of Laity, General Synod

The Very Revd Dr Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans

The Revd Canon Joyce Jones, House of Clergy and Elected Member, Business Committee, General Synod

The Revd Canon Peter Leonard, House of Clergy, General Synod

The Revd Prof Diarmaid MacCulloch, Professor of the History of the Church, University of Oxford

The Revd Jonathan MacNeaney, House of Clergy, General Synod

The Revd Canon Dr Judith Maltby, Corpus Christi College, Oxford and House of Clergy, General Synod

Izzy McDonald-Booth, House of Laity, General Synod

The Revd Canon Maggie McLean, House of Clergy, General Synod

The Revd Canon Richard Mitchell, House of Clergy, General Synod

The Very Revd David Monteith, Dean of Leicester

The Revd Dr Jeremy Morris, Master of Trinity Hall, Cambridge

The Revd Chris Newlands, House of Clergy, General Synod

The Venerable David Newman, Archdeacon of Loughborough

The Very Revd Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark and House of Clergy, General Synod

The Revd Bertrand Olivier, House of Clergy, General Synod

Jayne Ozanne, House of Laity, General Synod

The Venerable Ricky Panter, Archdeacon of Liverpool

The Revd Neil Patterson, House of Clergy, General Synod

The Revd Canon Jeremy Pemberton, Senior Chaplain, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

The Very Revd Prof Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford

Dr Scot M. Peterson, Bingham Research Fellow in Constitutional Studies, Balliol College, Oxford

The Revd Canon Mark Pilgrim, House of Clergy, General Synod

The Rt Revd Stephen Platten, former Bishop of Wakefield

The Revd Charles Read, Director of Reader Training (Norwich) and House of Clergy, General Synod

Professor Muriel Robinson, House of Laity, General Synod

The Revd David Runcorn, Associate DDO and Warden of Readers, Diocese of Gloucester

The Revd Michael Sadgrove, former Dean of Durham

Simon Sarmiento, Chair, LGBTI Anglican Coalition

The Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby, former Bishop of Worcester

Martin Sewell, House of Laity, General Synod

The Rt Revd Humphrey Southern, Principal, Ripon College Cuddesdon

The Revd Kate Stacey, House of Clergy, General Synod

The Rt Revd David Stancliffe, former Bishop of Salisbury

The Venerable Dr Tim Stratford, Archdeacon of Leicester

The Hon. Laura Sykes, Convenor, Lay Anglicana

The Revd Simon Talbott, House of Clergy, General Synod

The Very Revd Michael Tavinor, Dean of Hereford

Jeremy Timm, National Co-ordinator, Changing Attitude

The Revd Dr Miranda Threlfall-Holmes, House of Clergy, General Synod

The Very Revd Stephen Waine, Dean of Chichester

The Very Revd Dr Frances Ward, Dean of St Edmundsbury and House of Clergy, General Synod

The Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham

Professor Linda Woodhead, Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, Lancaster University

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