RADICAL INCLUSION .UK

 

please do not erase our lives, our love, and precious parts of who we are

 

 
 

 

'Life shrinks or expands, in proportion to one's courage'

 

OPPRESSIVE ASSAULT ON CONSCIENCE

 

 

 

Conscience is a God-given gift.

It is one of the conduits through which God speaks to us, and reveals to us what's right and wrong, and our responsibility towards others.

Not everyone has the same conscientious experience or views. That's the case, and the problem, in the Church of England today over human sexuality.

What's happened for many years is that from the top of the Church, leaders have imposed the views of one group in the Church as a uniform obligation for all groups, dominating the sincere consciences of many priests and local church communities. This has been backed up by threat of sanction.

Because conscience bites so deep, we find our Church today at a real impasse.

The Scottish Episcopal Church has shown probably the only way conscience can be protected, or at least the best solution possible at present, by allowing priests and local church communities freedom of conscience on this.

The leaders of the Church of England have resisted this, so the conflict and the oppression - for that is what the domination of conscience, backed up by sanctions, is - have continued. There is no resolution. There is only continuing harm.

In the end, on conscience issues, when one group says to another group 'Only our beliefs are right and you must accept them', that is trampling over another person's conscience. It forces them to do what they believe is wrong, and even to do harm to other people.

So many churches today, with much-loved lesbian, gay or trans people in their lives, long to exercise conscience - as a community - through radical inclusion that is unashamed, out in the open, joyful, grateful, and affirming people for who they are - not who a dominant faction of the Church says they ought to be.

This is an issue of conscience that cannot be solved by domination. It's not going away. The harm is happening now. Conscience must be respected.

 

 

 

Two parallel sites have been created:

radicalinclusion.uk - the site you are visiting right now - is the 'quick read' version if you are in a hurry

radicalinclusion.co.uk is the in-depth site for reading more deeply on any section and to reflect further

 

~ click on any of the links below for more detailed versions of the pages available here in quick-read form:

Home - Radical Inclusion Project A - The Survey Questions - What Inclusion Means - The Harm Being Done - If Nothing Changes After LLF -

Oppressive Assault on Conscience - Top Down Control of the Agenda - Reasons for No Change - Change at Local Church Level -

Radical Inclusion Project B - Affirming the Church of England - Respect for Conscience - Rectors and Vicars Being Surveyed - Links - Lizzie Lowe