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13:41 | 30th April 2017

News: UK

Mon 6 Oct, 2014
By Robert Ingham


We write to assure those bishops who may choose to openly acknowledge their sexual orientation as gay or bisexual that you will receive our support, prayer, and encouragement

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Hundreds of Anglican clergy and laity have signed an open letter supporting gay bishops in the Church of England.

In what they have described as "A Love Letter to Gay Bishops", the signatories pledge to affirm the ministry of all bishops, regardless of sexual orientation, should they choose voluntarily to "come out" as gay.

It follows a warning by the campaigner Peter Tatchell, disclosed in Christian Today last week, that bishops known to be gay could be involuntarily "outed" if they do not do so themselves. The Bishop of Buckingham Alan Wilson estimates in a new book that as many as one in ten bishops could be gay.



The letter, organised through Facebook among members of Changing Attitude, a lobby working for the full inclusion of LGBT people in the Church of England, reads: "We write to assure those bishops who may choose to openly acknowledge their sexual orientation as gay or bisexual that you will receive our support, prayer, and encouragement."

The letter has been signed by about 300 Anglicans, mostly from the Church of England and including clergy and Bishop Wilson. Members of other churches, including the Methodist Church, have also signed up.

Bishop Wilson said: "Sexual orientation is a deeply personal matter, but I am sure that as colleagues find the confidence to be as real about sexuality corporately as I always find they are personally and individually it will be a blessing to the Church."

Source: Christian Today

To read more, click www.christiantoday.com/article/anglican.clergy.sign.love.letter.to.gay.bishops/41308.htm

 

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