Oxford clergy clash over advice on sexuality
Letters released to the public this week express the different opinions of Church of England clergy in Oxford over the issue of sexuality. Over 100 church leaders have written a response to four bishops in the diocese about their advice on welcoming LGBTI+ people and the bishops have written a joint response back. The original document, 'Clothe Yourselves With Love' written in October 2018 by Rt Rev Dr Steven Croft (Oxford), Rt Rev Colin Fletcher (Dorchester), Rt Rev Dr Alan Wilson (Buckingham) and Rt Rev Andrew Proud (Reading) says: "we want to encourage, above all, an attitude of inclusion and respect for LGBTI+ people across the Diocese of Oxford" and acknowledges that many have different views on the matter. It reads: "We are concerned to listen well to LGBTI+ people from a variety of perspectives including both those seeking change in the Church of England’s polity and those seeking to to live faithfully within it".