Prominent amongst the speakers slated for the third ‘Cutting Edge Consortium’ conference on the 21st April is the Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam.
This will be interesting since, following a recent frank exchange of views with some of the evangelicals in his diocese, Bishop Holtam has declared his commitment to “supporting” those clergy whose standpoint differs from his own on issues of sexuality.
The conference brochure for CEC, however, is fairly explicit about where it stands on the matter:
We reject the activities of certain religious leaders, seeking exemptions from equality legislation, and attempts to base this on the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, such a right being for all, not just for some. We deplore the internalised homophobia and transphobia within religious institutions that fails to confront prejudice and hate. We encourage and support those faith organisations, which express their commitment to diversity and equality in practice and policy. We believe that full civil rights for LGBT individuals are not only consistent with the right to religious freedom, but are rooted in the best and fundamental teachings of all major faiths, religions, or beliefs, including non-religious world-views; love, justice, compassion, and mercy, such values being shared by all who seek the common good.
One doubts that the views of those Bp Holtam says he will support would find much of a welcome at the CEC conference. Will Bp Holtam be reminding the conference of his commitment? Only time will tell.
Meanwhile, any who were suggesting that the defeat of the Anglican Covenant would be followed by an outbreak of peace and mutual acceptance here and abroad are, I suspect, about to have that proposal put severely to the test.Please give a full name and location when posting. Comments without this information may be deleted. Recommend: