Seven Bible verses that encourage inclusion

Seven Bible verses that encourage inclusion

By Jane Newsham Accepting Evangelicals   Accepting Evangelicals is ‘a network of Evangelical Christians promoting a more accepting and affirming attitude to same-sex relationships and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people’ but it is true that many of us have made the crossing from a strongly traditionalist viewpoint, so how did we arrive here? Of […]

Bringing an end to sin-shaming

Bringing an end to sin-shaming

By Jayne Newsham   My heart is heavy whenever I hear a Minister of Religion taking the opportunity to publicly suggest that gay people should repent of their sins. While I think that I understand the concern behind this – that gay people in sexually active relationships (even civil partnerships and marriages) may remain in […]

Are our children really being brainwashed?

By Elaine Sommers Accepting Evangelicals   The CEN Leader of 5 February focussed on society’s changing attitudes to sexuality and gender, noting (I suspect with some incredulity) that ‘three-year-olds are requesting sex changes’. It suggested that there is a ‘radical reconstruction [of attitudes] and a deeply destructive brainwashing for the rapidly diminishing Christian social tradition, […]

The Church of England, the Evangelical Alliance and those Ten Affirmations

The Church of England, the Evangelical Alliance and those Ten Affirmations

    By Jane Newsham Accepting Evangelicals   The Rev Canon David Banting’s article on the Church of England Evangelical Council’s recent meeting (4 February) caused me a sleepless night. While I appreciate CEEC holds particular beliefs about marriage – that marriage can only be between a man and a woman – his article left […]

Resolutely passionate

Resolutely passionate

  By Jayne Ozanne Accepting Evangelicals So what will your New Year’s Resolution be? Will you even bother I wonder? Why even think about it when you know you’ll just give them up after a few weeks and settle back down into old habits, which are as familiar as the time-worn Christmas carols you’ve just […]

More than a love song

  By Andrew Symes, anglicanmainstream.org   Along with millions of other viewers recently I watched transfixed as Adele concluded her show on the BBC with a spine-tingling rendition of her classic ballad “Someone like You”. Its not normally my kind of music but there is something extraordinary about her singing, a kind of passionate yearning […]

A most memorable week

A most memorable week

By Jayne Ozanne , Accepting Evangelicals I had gone to the General Convention of The Episcopal Church at the invitation of Integrity, a pioneering LGBT organisation that was formed exactly 40 years ago (such a biblical number!) to help campaign for full inclusion and acceptance of LGBT Christians within the Episcopal Church. The chapter that […]