There is now an important piece online by Giles Goddard, the chair of Inclusive Church, describing the background to the statement which prompted Ruth Gledhill’s piece on ‘Open Warfare in the Church of England.
This answers one of my questions, about how ‘organized’ this programme is, and the answer seems to be, by Anglican standards ‘very’. As anyone who works with clergy will know, it is not easy to get people together at less than a week’s notice. According to this article, however, an already-planned meeting was rapidly expanded to include “anyone or any group concerned about the reflections and wishing to respond”.
Precisely who was in on the first meeting, or who was new at the second is not stated, but the ‘progressive’ element listed earlier on includes “Changing Attitude, the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, Inclusive Church, Women and the Church, the Modern Churchpeople’s Union, Affirming Catholicism”. Notably it does not include the ‘evangelical’ groups who signed the statement.
Meanwhile, evangelical disarray continues (at least, outside the FCA ‘wing’).
Revd John Richardson
10 August 2009
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