Press release: a new start - GS2055 defeated in synod

Press release: a new start - GS2055 defeated in synod

Press release: a new start for the Church of England - GS2055 defeated in synod

Today’s events in the Church of England are unprecedented, with the refusal of the General Synod to take note of the Report of the House of Bishops’ reflection group, GS2055. Both the defeat of the motion by the House of Clergy and the rebellion against it in the House of Laity send an unequivocal message to the house of Bishops that their approach to human sexuality is lamentably out of step with membership of the Church of England and with the nation.

OneBodyOneFaith are proud to have led the campaign to reject this report. The Chief Executive Tracey Byrne said on Channel 4 news tonight, “The homophobia present in the Church of England is evident when people feel afraid that, by talking about the person they love, they risk losing their home, their job and their vocation. For too long clergy and laity have lived in fear. The report promised no change but a change of tone; we need to see LGBT people in the Church of England creating this change on their own terms.”

The Chair of OneBodyOneFaith, Jeremy Pemberton said, “We welcome the Archbishop of Canterbury’s aspiration to achieve radical new Christian inclusion in the Church. In order to achieve this, he will need to work in partnership with LGBT representatives with OneBodyOneFaith key among them.”

OneBodyOneFaith held their Rainbow List event at the launch of their new identity as an organisation with a glittering celebration at the Institute of Civil Engineers last night, Tuesday 14th February.  Champions of the work being done to support and liberate LGBTI Christians from all churches were show-cased, a stark contrast with the lack of vision in the House of Bishops’ report. Now that that report GS2055 has been rejected, OneBodyOneFaith looks forward to equipping the Church of England to lead the work that needs to be done to realise what the Archbishop of Canterbury committed to in tonight’s debate: to realise more fully the Kingdom of God, building the community of Jesus of Nazareth – with room for all God’s children at his table.