Category Archives: Safeguarding

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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Apology without Change is Manipulation

by the Revd Canon Rosie Harper, Chaplain to the Bishop of Buckingham, Member of General Synod and Trustee of the Ozanne Foundation Sometimes the synapses fire! I could never quite understand why repeated apologies from the Archbishop and other senior … 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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Trigger Warning!

by the Venerable Peter Leonard, Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight and Chair of OneBodyOneFaith Have you noticed how often this warning appears on social media posts or blogs in recent years? A friendly statement that there may be material … 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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Yve’s Story – “I Felt Set Up To Fail”

by Yve, who has experienced both the very worst and the very best of the Church of England. I first knew something was different about me when I was six, and first started wearing my mum’s clothes. From that moment … Continue reading

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Steven’s Story – “I felt I had no option but to make a formal complaint to the Garda”

by Steven Smyrl, a married gay former elder in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland I was ordained an elder in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) in 2007. The PCI is the largest Protestant denomination in Northern Ireland, and also … Continue reading

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