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Letters to AO

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Letters from 18 to 24 January 2010

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Civilised conversation, vicar by vicar?

I read Catherine’s letters with a great deal of interest and sympathy. I would like to respond with a few suggestions of my own. Perhaps she could consider arranging her life story (and an evaluation of her experiences) in book form to acquaint a wider reading audience about the trials and tribulations she has encountered. People who sit in the pews need to know what and how SSA people think.

Discussion of gay issues or any matter related to them inevitably tends to polarise groups — and the Anglican Church across the Communion has proved no exception. This very confronting issue has a long way to run and won’t be easily resolved by any of us on either side of the Atlantic in the short term.

My second and other suggestion is that maybe it is time for people like Catherine (and me) to organize a group with a very clear mission statement: to inform church congregations about same sex attraction issues with a view to developing a better pastoral response. Maybe there is such a group already? Perhaps the best place to start is to offer to speak with parish councils and vestry meetings. Non-threatening letters to bishops, deans, vicars, rectors and church leaders asking for an appointment to discuss SSA issues might be a more useful way to go than informal confrontations on church property. Many of us are professional people well-versed in meeting procedures and used to addressing meetings regarding sensitive issues in the corporate world.

I also commend Paul Spencer for his good will.

Congratulations to Anglicans Online for being such a great website to visit. It is a veritable treasure trove of information, links etc. It has permitted me to visit diocesan websites around the world throughout this chilly winter which seems to go on forever!

P. S. In the interests of fairness I wish to state that I have been extremely well-received and encouraged in all parishes in which I have been involved both at home and abroad.

Imogen St Clair
Christ Church Cathedral
Oxford, Oxfordshire, UNITED KINGDOM
18 January 2010

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