Open letter to synod members

Posted: February 12, 2017 in Uncategorized

Dear Synod Representatives,

I am writing to you in response to the Shared Conversations Document published by the Bishops.
I know that you are about to have this document to “take note” of it but I would like to make my views known as a gay person who is also a Christian and has served faithfully in the Church of England for Many years.
I have grown up serving God and the church. I currently play in the band  along with others and try to help in anyway I can. However, I find it strange to understand that if I was to meet someone and want to get even a blessing from the church, just a prayer for us, it would not be allowed. Considering that a straight couple who never goes to church can receive the full blessing in church. Not wishing to sound like the prodigal son’s brother, but I would want the church to be involved in the whole of my life, including my relationships. Pretending that I simply don’t exist is just not good enough.
I would like to agree with the retired bishops who have stood against this document for the following reasons:-
  •  I don’t believe, although it has been called “Shared Conversations” that any LGBT people have actually been spoken with.
  •  The church was never commissioned by Jesus to marry anyone anyway, Jesus never performed a wedding, neither did his disciples. Why the church thinks it has a mandate from God to marry people I have no idea, let alone decide who or who not may be married or prayed for.
I would like to say that I have found the whole affair incredibly painful. It is not just about not being married in church, but the complete rejection that I exist and there is nothing wrong with me.
I did not choose this. No one would choose to be gay and put up with such rejection.
I am so glad that my church s is welcoming to LGBT people and we have our own LGBT group but this sort of attitude from the bishops really hinders our work. To be honest it is shutting the Kingdom of Heaven’s doors in our faces. I have been in the last weeks so close to simply walking away from the Church of England, sadly, I already know one or two who have had enough.
So in consideration I would request that you would refuse to “Take Note” of the report, especially with the views of the Retired Bishops. I trust you have read both things thoroughly before making a decision.
and the response of 14 retired Bishops
With my best Wishes
Paul
PS if you agree you can sign the bishop’s letter. https://retiredbishopsletter.com/sign-support/
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