House of Bishops’ Guidance Re welcome of transgender people

A Response from Officers and the Working Group of CEEC to the House of Bishops’ “Pastoral Guidance for use in conjunction with Affirmation of Baptismal Faith in the context of gender transition”

St Andrews Day Statement

Faced with practical questions which arouse strong and conflicting passions, the church has only one recourse: to find in the Gospel a starting-point of common faith from which those who differ can agree to proceed in their discussions. Such a question  now before the Church of England is how we should respond to those, including  clergy, seeking to live in quasi-marital relations with a partner of the same sex. The purpose of the following statement is to provide some definition of the theological ground upon which the issue should be addressed and from which any  fruitful  discussion between those who disagree may proceed.

St Matthias Day Statement

On the 30th November 1995, as the world celebrated St Andrew’s day, under the aegis of the CEEC, a group of British Biblical and moral theologians published a significant and widely welcomed contribution to the then debate on homosexuality within the church. It was received by many as a thoughtful, cogently argued and pastorally sensitive contribution to the discussions, and has been broadly referenced, read and re-read in the seventeen years since it was first published.