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Listening to Gay Christians: Anglicans move forward.

Too often in matters dealing with church and sexuality, we find two sides shouting at each other, when what is needed is proper discussion, which requires careful listening.  In the churches, we often speak of a “gift of tongues”:  the gift of ears is equally important, so I was delighted to find this story from Episcopal On-line, on the Anglican /Episcopal Communion’s moves to formalise a listening process on homosexuality:

Listening Process a ‘gift’ to church

Listening to the experiences of gay and lesbian Christians may have been commonplace in some dioceses and congregations for decades, but no official Anglican Communion-wide effort got underway until just over three years ago.

A second phase of the process, called the Continuing Indaba and Mutual Listening Project, now is launching with the help of a $1.5 million grant. It will allow clergy and laity to share their experience of listening to homosexual Christians and offer the opportunity for Episcopalians to hear stories of mission in contexts far removed from their own.  …….. The Anglican Communion Listening Process is essential to continuing “to open up conversations that we’ve really not had,” said Bishop John Chane of the Diocese of Washington. “Before you can get into changing hearts and minds, you need to come to the table for conversation. That’s the gift it can present”. Read the rest of this entry »