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Human Sexuality - the 2013 Report of the House of Bishops Working Group on Human Sexuality (the Pilling Report) declared that ‘In the face of conflicting scholarship, as well as conflicting beliefs, we believe that the Church should be cautious about attempting to pronounce definitively on the implications of Scripture for homosexual people.’ However, the report never undertook an analysis of the conflicting scholarship to which it refers.
The analysis, produced by Dr Martin Davie on behalf of the Church of England Evangelical Council, has now been undertaken and is available for sale - click on this link. It provides a detailed survey of studies on the Bible and same-sex relationships that have been produced since 2003 by both revisionist and traditionalist scholars. It then undertakes an evaluation of these studies and explains why, in the light of them, the Church of England can still have confidence in upholding its traditional approach to issues of human sexuality. The report provides an invaluable resource for anyone who wants to think more deeply about the Bible and same-sex relationships.
There is a new review by Dr Davie, CEEC’s academic consultant, of Living Reconciliation, a book written by Phil Groves and Angahard Parry Jones. If you are not familiar with the book, you may like to read what the Anglican Communion Office has to say about it at http://www.anglicannews.org/news/2014/09/living-reconciliation-can-transform-our-world-abp-welby-in-new-book.aspx . . But click here to read Dr Davie's review on this website.
A review of Covenant and Calling by Robert Song
The review by Dr Martin Davie can be found here.
A review of the book More Perfect Union by Bishop Alan Wilson
This book has been written in support of same-sex marriage. Dr Martin Davie, an academic consultant to CEEC, has written a review of the book as a contribution to the debate. This review reflects the views of the writer only. You can find the review here.
The Pilling Report is being discussed at a number of regional meetings.
Sheffield - 12 November*
Guildford - 15 November*
Manchester - 19 November*
Chelmsford - 22 November*
Birmingham – 25 November
Sevenoaks - 27 November*
St Albans - 22 January
Huddersfield – 24 February
There is a flyer for venues marked with *. Click on the venue to get the flyer. Personal invitations have been emailed out, but hopefully more information may be made available here.
* The Rt Revd Julian Henderson has been appointed as President, and the Revd Hugh Palmer, rector of All Souls, Langham Place, has been appointed as Chair as from 1 January 2015.
Stephen Hofmeyr QC, who has been acting as interim Chair has said that "these steps are part of a larger initiative to strengthen, refresh and re-launch the CEEC in order that it is better equipped to serve the evangelical Anglican constituency in the years to come."
* The new Constitution agreed at the meeting on June 17th can be seen by clicking here.
* The New Council will meet for its first meeting at High Leigh on 13th January 2015.
Documents for the elections to the Council can be found here: Explanatory file, Canterbury clergy, Canterbury Lay, York clergy, and York Lay.
The creator and maintainer of the current website is stepping down now, and handing over the website to others. Illness in recent years - Guillain Barre Syndrome which gave an exciting time - has prevented the ongoing development of the site, and now time has run out. Look out for some exciting changes in due course! In the mean time, thank you for your interest! God bless you!
Canon Nigel Chetwood
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