Category Archives: Spiritual Abuse

LGBT Stories: Bring on the Ban!

by the Rt Revd Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool and Chair of the Ozanne Foundation This is a brief and unoriginal article, simply reminding us what we have done as a Church, and what the Government has done, and what … Continue reading

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LGBT Stories – Can Conservative Evangelical Churches Ever Change?

by Anne Dannerolle, Church Minister of Hull Community Church (soon to become Oasis Church Hull) and East Yorks Regional Ambassador for Inclusive Church The day I stood up to tell our church congregation in Hull that we were opting in … Continue reading

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LGBT+ Stories – The Trauma of Abusive “Healing” Ministries

by the Revd Canon Timothy Goode, Rector of St Margaret’s, Lee, Disability Adviser to the Diocese of Southwark, Member of Archbishop’s Council and Co-Chair of MOSAIC Yet you have made them a little lower than God and crowned them with … Continue reading

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Church Leader – Are You Helping or Harming?

by Jayne Ozanne, Member of General Synod, Director of the Ozanne Foundation and Chair of the Ban Conversion Therapy Coalition The “debate” around the need to ban “conversion therapy” has attracted more than its fair share of fake news and … Continue reading

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LGBT Stories: “Texts of Terror” – Are We Helping or Harming?

by the Rt Revd Dame Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London and Chair of the LLF Next Steps Group The series of testimonies of LGBT Christians that can be found here are texts of terror. Vilified, self-condemnation, disgust, self-hatred, abominable, humiliated, … Continue reading

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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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