Category Archives: Mental Health

Making Ourselves ‘Other’

by the Very Revd Nicholas Henshall, Dean of Chelmsford It is a privilege to respond to the Via Media series of moving and challenging reflections on LGBT+ Christians experience of the Church and the wider implications of that experience for … Continue reading

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Banning Conversion Therapy Must “Focus on the Victim Not the Perpetrator”

by the Right Reverend Dr David Walker, Bishop of Manchester The General Synod debate on Conversion Therapy was easily one of the hardest it fell to me to chair. We were allowed something like 75 minutes in which to deal … Continue reading

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“Another Way is Possible….”

by the Revd Nick Bundock, Team Rector of St James & Emmanuel, Didsbury I just want you to re-read that phrase again because it’s really important. Another way is possible.  I’m able to say that not as a theologian theorising … Continue reading

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Justin’s Story – “I was taught to hate the very ones who loved me”

by Justin, a survivor of conversion therapy who was nearly crushed under the shame but is now a minister in training Like many others, I was once that lively, passionate, charismatic Christian. I stood out, I was bold and courageous, … Continue reading

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Annie’s Story – “I Did My Best to Conform, But…”

by Annie, a victim of abuse who found succour in the charismatic church – where she was subjected to even more abuse…. My childhood and teenage years were marked by abuse and chaos, and when I discovered Christian faith in … Continue reading

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Peter’s Story – Conditioning Causes Shame & Self-Hatred

by Peter (a pseudonym), a survivor of conversion therapy  Why do people seek out Conversion Therapy and prayer/deliverance ministries? For me, I did because I thought it could ‘correct’ my sexuality. It is only with hindsight that I now know … Continue reading

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Lesbians, Sex and the Church of England

by Jayne Ozanne, Editor of ViaMedia.News, Director of the Ozanne Foundation and Member of General Synod I could see that the bishop was going red, and as he did so nervous giggles spread across the Synod Chamber.  I stood, pan … Continue reading

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International Women’s Day – Choose to Challenge

by the Rt Revd Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester In 2019, on a visit to the Holy Land I visited the church in Magdala and found myself faced with an enormous and extraordinary modern painting by Daniel Cariola depicting larger-than-life … Continue reading

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LLF – Has There Been a Murder?

by the Revd Canon Rosie Harper, Chaplain to the Bishop of Buckingham, Member of General Synod and Trustee of the Ozanne Foundation  Has there been a murder or at least death by misadventure? Has Covid -19 killed Living in Love … Continue reading

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“It’s a Sin…Not to Care and Listen”

by the Rt Revd Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool and Chair of the Ozanne Foundation In 1982 I moved to west London to minister as a University chaplain there. I had been ordained for three years. The West London Chaplaincy … Continue reading

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