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'

 

RADICAL INCLUSION PROJECT - PHASE B - CONTINGENCY PLANNING

 

 

 

In the first phase of the Radical Inclusion Project (Phase A) a short fact-finding survey will set out to clarify the views of 750 vicars and rectors of local churches.

After that, a time for prayer, reflection, conversation with others at church. There needs to be a respectful time for reflection for at least two reasons:

1. It is respectful to all participants in the 'Living in Love and Faith' process, that we afford some time to study what the released resources actually say.

2. In the current national crisis because of the coronavirus I very much believe, as a nurse, this is not the time to engage in contentious debate even over an issue of great conscience such as the way we honour and welcome the relationships of gay and lesbian people.

In the autumn the bishops may be considering what actions (if any) to take in response to LLF.

At that point, parishes (individually and collectively) may wish to reflect on best courses of action, in the specific contexts of their local communities and ministries.

 

what in conscience should we do?

 

It will be clear from this website that I believe that priests and churches who recognise what harm is being done, should start what I term 'Phase B'. This may involve thinking about contingencies and liaising with other like-minded churches, so that from the outset of 2021 a 'de facto' counter-narrative in the actual practice and actual lived life of local church communities could begin to be created.

This may mean getting the (less easy to sanction) lay members (especially PCCs) to produce public statements of belief, including repudiation of the present Church position outlawing gay sexuality. It means deciding among yourselves - in your own communities - just how far you feel you should go on grounds of conscience, to 'come out' and be unashamed in your practice, to end all shame over gay and lesbian relationships.

And crucially, 'Phase B' implies networking, to plan contingencies of collective action, because if change fails to come top-down, then it has to come from the grassroots up, driven by conscience to do what is right.

Although my attention in the coming months will be pre-occupied by the healthcare crisis and its very great challenges, at any stage I am happy to help people to connect, to publicise church statements here, to put people in touch with like-minded priests and churches: but ALWAYS on the strict understanding that no priest's views, position or comments will be published or disclosed to anyone else without prior consent and authority. I have honoured my promise of confidentiality to the bishops in all my dialogues with them over the past 3 years, and I will honour your confidentiality and guard it as a fidelity.

 

 

 

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