A Love Letter to Gay Bishops

To Church of England Bishops

We are lay and ordained Anglicans in the Church of England and other Provinces, who publicly affirm the episcopal ministry in its purpose and diversity.

We recognize that there is a cost to those who respond to the call to be a bishop. This is especially true for those who are not heterosexual and have kept their sexual orientation private. There is growing pressure on gay bishops to come out publicly. The signatories to this letter do not advocate the involuntary outing of bishops.

We write to assure those bishops who may choose openly to acknowledge their sexual orientation as gay or bisexual that you will receive our support, prayer, and encouragement.

Sadly, we live at a time when those who are honest about being LGBTI and Christian are treated with hostility by a vocal minority within and outside the Church.

We have no doubt that the vast majority of Anglicans will welcome and embrace those of you who are gay or bisexual for your courage and conviction if you come out: weeping with you for past hurts and rejoicing in God’s call as witnesses to Christ’s transforming love and compassion.

If you stand out we will stand beside you.

Yours in Christ,


Rev Benny Hazlehurst, Accepting Evangelicals

Revd Gary Russell, (Retired), Diocese of St Albans

Revd Kathy Ferguson, Bangor Diocese, Church in Wales

LF Buckland, (Reader/LLM), Shaftesbury

Rev Tony Whatmough, Vicar St Michael & all angels, Headingly. Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales

Canon Angela Townshend, Christ Church, Bath

Jeremy Timm, St Peters Church, Laxton, Diocese of York

Inez Cook, Huddersfield

Graham Ward (Oxford)

 Rev’d Hayley Matthews, Rector Holy innocents’ Fallowfield, Manchester

Revd Dr Keith Hebden, St Mark’s and St Peter’s, Mansfield

Kathryn Rose, organist and director of music, St Andrew’s Leytonstone.

Revd Anne Le Bas, St Peter and St Paul, Seal.

Revd Geoffrey Thompson, St Stephen Norbury & Thornton Heath

Revd Trevor Thurston-Smith, Benefice of Wigston, Leicester

Andrew Avramenko, Lay Member, Holy Trinity Combe Down, Diocese of Bath & Wells

Mr Michael Longdon, St Mark’s Mansfield

Mrs Margaret Longdon, St Mark’s Mansfield

SEN Teaching Assistant Deborah King , St . Marys Church Kilburn

Revd Canon Kathryn Fleming, Canon Pastor at Coventry Cathedral

Revd Andrew Dotchin, General Synod, St Mary & St Botolph – Ipswich

Revd Rory Reynolds, Interim Team Lead, Spiritual and Pastoral Care Department, SWLSTG

Revd Pam Smith, i-church, Oxford

Revd Patrick Jordan, St Lukes and St Marks Downham

Revd Kate Bottley, Vicar to Blyth and Scrooby with Ranskill and chaplain to North Nottinghamshire college

Revd Canon Dr Jeni Parsons, St David’s Diocese, Church in Wales

Robert Marshall (Reader) Macclesfield Team

Revd Dr Hannah Lewis, team Leader work among Deaf people diocese of liverpool

Revd Prof. Diarmaid MacCulloch, Kt, Professor of the History of the Church, University of Oxford.

Revd Ray Gaston Tutor Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education and Associate Priest in the Benedice of Balsall Heath and Edgbaston Birmingham

Revd Leah Vasey-Saunders, All Saints, Harworth and Bircotes

Revd Liam Beadle, Vicar of Honley, Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales

Revd Canon Cynthia Hebden, St Botolph’s Shepshed

Revd Bonnie Evans-Hills, St. Albans

Ingrid Falat-Marsh, Bury Parish Church, Lancs

Revd Alastair Blaine, Assistant Curate, Parish of Witney – Oxford

Carola Meyer, Christ Church, Kenilworth (Diocese of Cape Town)

Revd Al Barrett, Rector, Hodge Hill Church (Birmingham)

Ruth Harley, Children’s and Families’ Minister, All Saints, High Wycombe

Revd Simon Rundell, Team Rector, Roborough Team Ministry, Plymouth, Diocese of Exeter

Erika Baker, Contact Point for Changing Attitude, Diocese of Bath and Wells

Revd Andrew Foreshew-Cain, Vicar, St Mary w All Souls, Kilburn & St James, West Hampstead

Revd Simon Horton, Curate, St Mary’s, Goring by Sea

Prof Tony Phelan, St Michael and All Angels, New Marston, Oxford

Rev’d Stephen Edwards, Team Rector of Wythenshawe, Diocese of Manchester

Rev’d Robin Usher, Team Vicar, Wythenshawe Team, Diocese of Manchester

Rev’d Stuart Elliott, Vicar of Llanasa and Ffynnongroyw Parish, DIocese of St. Asaph

Rev’d Christine Arnold, Asst.Curate, St Peter the Apostle in Thanet, Canterbury Diocese

Stephen Spillane, St Annes Union (Cork, Cloyne and Ross)

Harvey Gibbs, Glossop Parish Church

June Butler, St John’s Episcopal Church, Thibodaux, Louisiana, USA

Sue Vornhagen, convocation of Anglican/episcopal churches in Europe. (Frankfurt, Germany)

Andrew Morton, retired Incumbent, Llangybi group Diocese of Monmouth

Penelope Cowell Doe, Exeter Diocese

Mark Laverick (Reader), St George’s, Kemptown, Brighton

Rev’d Alison Hardy, All Saints’, Stand Diocese of Manchester

Mrs Anne Peat. Reader, Parish of Mill End with Heronsgate and West Hyde, St Albans Diocese.

Revd Ali Chesworth, South West Ipswich Team Ministry, St Edmundsbury & Ipswich

Rob Edlin-White, St Peter’s Church, Nottingham

Helen Terry, St Nicolas Church, Earley, Reading

Rev’d James Little, Team Rector and Rural Dean, Howden Minster, Yorks

The Rev’d Canon Barry Naylor, Urban Canon and Sub-Dean, Leicester Cathedral

The Revd David Emmott, retired priest with PTO, Diocese of Liverpool

Rev’d Phyllis Owen, Parish of Southend, Southend on Sea, Essex

Adam Hadley, Reader, Halas Team

The Rev’d Canon Jeremy Pemberton, Deputy Senior Chaplain, United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust

Mr Mark Broadway, Ordinand, Llandaff Diocese,  Church in Wales

Tracey Byrne, Chief Executive, Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, St Mary Magdalene, Newark, Southwell and Nottingham

Revd Phil Searle, PTO Lichfield diocese

Jenny Clarke, St John the Baptist Church, Clayton, Bradford

Revd Elaine Bardwell, St Michael’s, New Marston, Oxford

Revd Angela Oakey-Jones, All Hallows Church, Ipswich, St Edmundsbury & Ipswich Diocese

Revd Alice Goodman, Benefice of Fulbourn and the Wilbrahms, Diocese of Ely

Kathleen Jowitt, St Andrew’s, Chesterton, Diocese of Ely

Rev’d Sonia Falaschi-Ray. PTO dioceses of Ely & St Albans

Mrs Mel Wallage, St Eds and Ips

Brother Barnabas-Francis OSF, Saint Barnabas, Bethnal  Green

Revd Andrew Marshall, Coordinating University Chaplain, University of Portsmouth

Heather Jones, St. Mark’s Basford, Lichfield Diocese

Rev’d Adam Dickson, Assistant Curate, Wythenshawe Team Ministry, Wythenshawe, Manchester Diocese

Rev Clive Larsen, St Agnes North Reddish & St Mary Heaton Reddish, Manchester Diocese

Mr Barry de Graff, St Nicolas Great Coates, Lincoln Diocese, Lay Reader in Training, Churchwarden, Methodist Local Preacher

Rev Pat Holmes, retired incumbent, Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales

Mrs Janet Ralston. Parishioner. SS Peter and Paul, Wantage.  Oxford Diocese.

Phil Gardner, All Hallows, Leeds (lay)

David Bailey, St Andrew’s Chilcombe, Diocese of Winchester

Revd Stella Bailey St Mary Magdalen Coventry, Diocese of Coventry

Revd Dr Rowan Williams, University of York,  Member of General Synod

Mrs Denise Hewish, PA. St James The Great

Ms Susie Booth, St Edmund’s, Mansfield Woodhouse, Diocese of Southwell

Revd Lynne Sparkes, St Mary’s, Pickersleigh, Worcester Diocese

Revd Prof Dr James Meredith Day, Priest, The Episcopal Church, Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, Anglican Chaplain in the Universite catholique de Louvain (formerly priest in the C of E).

Mrs Gail Rogers,  St Nicolas, Birmingham

Gary Caughey, St Botolphs without Aldgate, London

Annie Heppenstall, Franciscan Tertiary TSSF European branch, Birmingham meeting

Carole Young (Reader), St. Peter & St. Paul, Kingsbury

Tim Burdon, St. Cuthbert’s, Allendale, Newcastle diocese

Kate Charles, St Laurence’s, Ludlow, Diocese of Hereford

Tony Russell-Pattison. Wythenshawe Benefice. Diocese of Manchester.

Revd Emma Duff, Assistant Curate of the Willington Team

Beth Marshall, St Michael’s Macclesfield

Revd Dr Hannah Cleugh, University College, Durham, Member of General Synod

Prof Linda Woodhead, Lancaster University, The Priory Church of St Mary, Lancaster

Revd Dr Christina Beardsley, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London

Revd Claire Carson, St George’s Hospital, London.

Rev Clare MacLaren, Priest-in-Charge, Heaton St Martin & St Barnabas, Bradford

Revd Emma Louis, Head of Diversity & Spirituality (Healthcare Chaplain), Black Country NHS Foundation Trust.

Revd David Austin, Curate – Addingham, West Yorkshire & the Dales  (Leeds).

Rev’d. Alan Suter, Retired Priest, Diocese of St. Asaph

Revd Wendy Dalrymple, Priest in the Guildford Diocese

Dr Paul Hedges (Anglican theologian), Winchester Diocese

Rev’d Richard Thornburgh, Diocese of St. Edmundsbury & Ipswich

Revd Dr Miranda Threlfall-holmes, vicar of Belmont and Pittington

Rev Rachel Rosborough, Rector of Bourton on the Water with Clapton & the Rissingtons

James Lock, Church warden, The Order of the Black Sheep, Diocese of Derby.

Canon Steven Saxby, GS member for Chelmsford and Vicar of Walthamstow St Barnabas.

Rev’d Simon Douglas, Assistant Curate in the parish of Tettenhall Regis, Diocese of Lichfield.

Tim Hind, St John the Baptist, Axbridge, General Synod, House of Laity

Kelly Simon, Church Warden, Bradford SoulSpace,

Faye Bentley, Bradford SoulSpace,

Rimoaine Boothe, Soulspace, Bradford

Olwen Sudders, St Bartholomews, Great Harwood, Blackburn.

Laura Sykes, Editor of Lay Anglicana website; St Peter’s Church, St Mary Bourne, Winchester Diocese

Rev’d Kes Grant St Augustine Academy Maidstone, Canterbury Diocese

Rev Garth S Petzer MBE RN (ret) – Foulsham, Norfolk

Rev’d Dr. John Gillibrand, Parish of Llangeler with Penboyr, St. David’s Diocese.

Mrs Karin McDonald, St Marks Church, Godalming Parish, in Guildford Diocese

Revd Manon Ceridwen James, Rector Llanddulas and Llysfaen and Director of Ministry St Asaph Diocese

Mr Julian Maddock, St Peter’s, Vauxhall, Southwark Diocese

Rev’d Dr Graham Southgate, Team Rector for the Nadder Valley, Diocese of Salisbury.

Rev’d Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG, Vicar, St James Fordham, New York City USA

Kerry Cockerham, All Hallows, Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales

Graham Holmes, lately Lay Pastoral Minister, Northowram, Diocese of Wakefield / West Yorks

Andy Macqueen, All Saints’ Church, Basingstoke

Clare Truman, St John’s Church, Farncombe, Guildford Diocese

Rev’d Melanie Appleby Team Vicar St Richard of Chichester  Wythenshawe Team Manchester Diocese

Revd Nicholas Peacock, Vicar, St Mary Magdalene, Wandsworth Common, Southwark Diocese

Revd Malcolm Doney NSM priest dioceses of London and St Edmunsbury and Ipswich

Jane Williams St Mary Magdalene, Coventry

Mr Richard Marshall, Christ Church, Wessington, Derby diocese

Revd Dr Ellen Clark-King, Theologian in Residence, Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, Canada

Kevin Crinks, St. Mary the Virgin, Leigh, Manchester

Ann Collyer, All Saints’, South Milton, Kingsbridge, Devon

Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham

Revd Dr Christopher Palmer, Team Rector of Merton Priory, Diocese of Southwark

Clare Bryden, Exeter Cathedral

Lavinia Crossley, Bradford Soulspace

Revd John Scott, Retired without PTO, Diocese of Winchester

David Tanner, Old Church Birmingham Diocese

Julian Hollywell St Werburgh, Spondon & rural dean Derby North

Revd Mike Harrison, retired priest Diocese of St. Asaph

Katharine Salmon St Chad’s Church, Headingley, Leeds

Michaila Roberts, St Mary’s Rawtenstall, Manchester Diocese

Rev’d Patrick Morrow, Associate Priest, St Michael and All Angels, Little Ilford, Chelmsford Diocese

Ron Newsham, St Mary’s Bridge Chapel, Derby

Jane Newsham (Changing Attitude member, Southwell and Nottingham)

Rev Rik Mayes, Minister to the Hippie Community, Tipi Valley, Wales

Rev’d Rosie Bates Retired Priest Ely Diocese

Revd Gareth Hughes, Chaplain of Hertford College, Oxford

Rev’d Richard Thornburgh, Diocese of St. Edmundsbury & Ipswich

Nic Tall, Reader, Diocese of Bath and Wells

Rev Andrew Whitehead, assistant curate St Mary Magdalene Clitheroe, Blackburn Diocese

Dr Rebecca Whitehead, St Mary Magdalene, Clitheroe, Blackburn Diocese.

Revd Anne Bennett, Vicar of Borstal, Chaplain HMYOI Cookham Wood, Rochester Diocese

The Rev’d Robin Sims-Williams, Assistant Curate, St John’s Hyde Park, London Diocese

Revd Alison Fisher, St Bartholomew’s, Marsden, member of General Synod

Rev Rosalind Rutherford, Team Vicar All Saints Church, Basingstoke; General Synod member Winchester

Dr Sarah Moon, Holy Trinity, Jesmond, Newcastle

Rev Nicola Carnall, Vicar of Sowerby,  Sessay, Thirkleby,  Kilburn & Bagby, York Diocese

Mrs. Jill Dowles, St. Katharine’s, Matson, Diocese of Gloucester

Revd Kate Boardman, Asst Curate, Heworth St Mary, Gateshead, Durham Diocese

Revd Richard Haggis, minister-without-portfolio

Beth Reynolds, Holy Trinity, Jesmond, Newcastle

Joanna Chivers-Gibbs, Organist & Director of Music, St Mary Our Lady, Sidlesham, Chichester

Mrs Marcella King, St Marks Church, Milverton, Leamington Spa

Angharad Parry Jones, Ordinand, Diocese of St Asaph, Church in Wales

Revd Jennifer Hood, Lead Chaplain, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester Diocese

James Clayton, Bradford SoulSpace

Mark Bick, Pioneer Reader in Training, Coleford, Gloucester Diocese.

Philippa Dent, All Saints Church, Wellingborough; Peterborough Diocese

Steve Hardwicke Rector St Laurence Cowley London Diocese

Andrew Holt, Churchwarden, St Nicolas Witham, Chelmsford Diocese

Revd Norma M Barr, Saint Alban’s, Arlington, TX

Revd Dr Christopher King, SCP, Vicar, St. James of Jerusalem, Long Beach, NY (Long Island Diocese)

Revd Helen Hayes Pioneer Priest amongst the homeless for West Leicester Mission Partnership

Revd Paul Collier, Vicar, Copleston Centre Church, Peckham, Southwark Diocese

Caroline Astell-Burt, Bradford Soulspace.

Melanie Smith. Bradford Soulspace.

Alastair Newman, St George the Martyr, Shirley, Southwark

D. Carwyn Crossman, St David’s & Monmouth diocese, Church in Wales

Noel Colley, ordinand, St. Botolph’s, Shepshed. Leicester diocese

Ann Memmott, national adviser on autism and related LGBTI matters to the CofE, from Oxford Diocese

Revd Ruth Dowson, Curate, St John the Baptist, Clayton, Bradford

Rachel Wakefield, Reader, St Nicholas, Harpenden, St Albans Diocese

Revd Dr Elizabeth Wild, St Leonard’s Wollaton, Nottingham

Tristan Marris, St Andrew’s Wimpole, Ely Diocese

Judith Webb, Crymych Group of Churches, St. Davids diocese, Church in Wales

The Revd Dr Johannes Arens, Canon Precentor, Leicester Cathedral

Martin Auton-Lloyd St Nicholas of Myra, Brighton Chichester Diocese

Rev Sarah Godfrey Rector St John’s Milborne Port

The Rev’d Rex Matthias, Vicar of Mold, Diocese of St Asaph, The Church in Wales

Rev Chris Taylor, Anglican Chaplain,Loughborough University, Diocese of Leicester.

Karen Herschell, Reader, All Saints Church Anchorsholme, Diocese of Blackburn

Revd Andy Delmege, Vicar of St Bede, Brandwood, Birmingham

Richard Gillin, Cathedral & Abbey Church of St Alban

Peter Owen, St Luke’s Church Great Crosby, Diocese of Liverpool

Dave King, PubChurch, London

Dharmamitra Barry Copping, Holy Trinity Beckenham, Diocese of Rochester and Triratna Buddhist Community

Revd Mark Broomhead. Order of the Black Sheep, Diocese of Derby

David Moloney, St Mary’s Church Saffron Walden

Shaun Thomas O’Brien, LGBT Officer at University of Chichester Students’ Union.

Rev’d Andrew Allen, Chaplain and Fellow, Exeter College, University of Oxford

Ilse Ferwerda, Anglican ordinand, Gloucester diocese

Rev’d J Hugh A James, Rector of Christ Episcopal Church, Norwich, CT, USA

Robert Evans, Church of the Ascension, Blackheath, Diocese of Southwark

Angela Scott, St Mary the Virgin, Horsell, Diocese of Guildford

Rev’d Stephen Waters,  Retired Newcastle Diocese.

Elaine Sommers, St. Mary’s Church, Shirehampton, Bristol.

Anne-Marie Organ, St Michael’s East Wickham, Diocese of Southwark

Reverend Diana Glover, St Michael and All Angels, Amersham on the Hill, Oxford Diocese

Revd Dr Fiona Haworth, Chaplain, University of Worcester in the Diocese of Worcester

Revd Dr Mark Bratton, Rector, Berkswell, St.John Baptist, Rural Dean, Kenilworth

Sue Whitlock, Lay Funeral Minister, All Saints, Hurworth, Diocese of Durham

Rev David Runcorn, Priest, Gloucester Diocese

Revd Jonathan Page, Vicar of Christ Church Belper & All saints’ Turnditch, Rural Dean of Duffield Deanery, Derby Diocese

Revd John Toogood, Rector of the East Downland Benefice, Oxford Diocese

Mrs Liz Badman, Reader (LLM), All Saints, Clifton, Bristol

The. Reverend Lois Keen, Priest-in-Charge, Trinity Episcopal, Wethersfield, Connecticut, U.S.A.

Revd Chris Howson, Chaplain to the University of Bradford

Ms Eleanor Wilde, St. Mark’s Church, Mansfield, Southwell & Notts diocese

Ms Ruth Wilde, St. Mark’s Church, Mansfield, Southwell & Notts diocese

The Revd Kevin Scott, St John the Baptist, Malden, Southwark Diocese

Dr Claire George, St Laurence Cowley, Diocese of London

Dr Susannah Cornwall, St Thomas, Emmanuel and St Andrew team ministry, Exeter

Revd Rosalind Hughes, Church of the Epiphany, Euclid, Ohio, USA

Revd Paul Cudby, St. Mary Magdalene, Tanworth in Arden

Revd Simon Marshall, St Michael, Solihull.

Ms Fiona Hulbert, St Thomas’s Church, Salisbury

The Rev’d Bob Callaghan. National Coordinator Inclusive Church. PTO Diocese of Gloucester

Revd Sarah Edmonds, Ilmington Group, Coventry Diocese

Lucy Gorman, All Saints, South Cave, East Yorkshire.

Françoise Pinteaux-Jones, TSSF, Gloucester South

Janis Aitken Lay member All Saints Clifton Bristol

Sue Williams, Churchwarden, Manor Parish, Diocese of Sheffield

The Rev’d Sarah Jones, Rector of Ross on Wye with Walford, Diocese of Hereford

Ian Whitley, Parish Missioner, All Saints Church Weston Green, Diocese of Guildford

The Rev’d Martin Greig, retired CofE, Llangrannog, St Davids Diocese

Dr Graeme Smith, University of Chichester

Christine Herbert (Reader in training), St Mary Magdalene, Campsall, Doncaster

Jenny Humphreys, General Synod, Bath & Wells Diocese.

Dr Peter Jermey, Exeter Network Church, Exeter Diocese.

Rev’d Canon David Hodgson Rector of Wokingham,  Oxford Diocese

Steven Young, Priest-in-charge of St Michael and All Angels Mill Hill, Diocese of London

Jayne Ozanne, Appointed Archbishops’ Council member (1999 – 2004)

Susan Strong, St Andrew’s Church, Blagdon, Bath and Wells Diocese

Dr Jon Morgan, St Thomas, Emmanuel and St Andrew team ministry, Exeter

Mrs Abigail Ogier, Wythenshawe Anglican Team, Manchester

Michael Gisbourne, Vicar of St Paul’s, Lancaster.

James Allport, Chichester Cathedral

Mrs Sally Barnes, St Aban’s Church, Golders Green London Diocese

Dr Sigrun M. Wagner, Staines-upon-Thames

Clive Lemmon, Reader, S. Matthew’s, Darley Abbey, Derby

Pru Dulley, Ordinand, St James Church, West Hampstead

Ms Vikki Cole, Diocese of Guildford

Keith Beresford, churchwarden, St Luke, Brislington, Bristol

Dan Barnes-Davies, ordinand; trustee, Inclusive Church; member, LGBTI Anglican Coalition

Ged Robinson, PCC member, St Mary’s Church, Beeston, Leeds

Revd Dr Ellen Clark-King, Theologian in Residence, Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, Canada

The Rev. Canon R. L. Webster, Diocese of Rupert’s Land, Canada

Ray Shaw, LLM, St Anne’s Worksop

Tomas Christmas, Oxford

Revd Mark Pudge, St George’s Málaga, Diocese in Europe

Stephen Salter, St Weburgh’s Spondon,. Derby

Miss Claire Jones, St James the Less, London

Miss Poppy Winks, St Paul’s Manton, Worksop, Southwell & Nottingham

Captain Canon Nic Sheppard CA. Wetherby, West Yorkshire & The Dales

Dr Mark Bourne, Minneapolis

Mr Martin Pink, Churchwarden, Coventry St Mary Magdalen, Chapelfields; Member, Coventry Diocesan Synod

Miss Nicola Benn, St Andrews Fulham Fields, London

Fr David Cleugh, St Ives Leadgate, St Ebba Ebchester, St Mary Magdalene Medomsley and Christ

Revd Dr Harriet Harris, University Chaplain, University of Edinburgh Church Hamsterley. Diocese of Durham.

Mrs Joanna Clark, All Saints Frindsbury with Upnor and Chattenden

Mr Matthew Gough, Fresh Expressions/ MSC Leader, Leicester

Ms Ashley WIlliams; Sts Gervase and Protase, Little Plumstead

Rev Jim Benton-Evans, St Peter’s, Peebles & St Andrew’s, Innerleithen. Diocese of Edinburgh, Scottish Episcopal Church

Miss Katie McKeogh, Oxford.

Revd Calum Crombie, Chaplain HMPS

Ms Harriet Brown, Bristol City Church of St Stephens

Revd Trevor Donnelly, Church of the Ascension, Blackheath, Diocese of Southwark

Belinda Bramhall, St Edward’s Castle Donington, Diocese of Leicester

Dr John Pike, Diocese of Bristol

Mrs Pam Marsh, St Katharine’s Church, Matson, Diocese of Gloucester

Neal Terry, Reader in Training, Diocese of Newcastle

Rev. Caroline Phillips, St. Augustine, Mansfield & St. Barnabas, Pleasley Hill

Margaret Metcalfe, Christ Church, Chilwell, Nottingham

Rev Ros Hunt, Cambridge

Professor Christopher Rowland, Cambridge

Rev Canon Rosie Harper. Great Missenden

Katherine J Kaye, Parishioner, St. Peter’s, Wolvercote.


Methodists in solidarity with this letter and gay bishops

Rev Sarah Wood, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Rev Ian John Worsford, London District

 Rev Barbara Duchars. Convenor Outcome. Working toward an inclusive church. Lancashire.

Revd Naomi Cooke, Bethesda Methodist Church, Cheltenham

Revd Tom Osborne, Saltash Methodist Circuit, Cornwall

Joseph Adams. Shropshire and Marches Circuit, Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District

Revd Sally Coleman, Blackpool Circuit, Lancashire District

Revd Simon Edwards, The Wiltshire United Area, Bristol District.

James Blackhall, Berwick Methodist Church, Newcastle-upon-Tyne District

Rev’d Rachel Parkinson, Leicester North Circuit

Revd Denise Harding, Chester and Delamere Forest Circuit, Chester and Stoke on Trent District.

Sheila Smith, Havant Methodist Church,  Southampton District

Rev. Daniel Woodhouse, Leeds District.

Sally Rush, Milton Keynes Ciruit

Revd Mark Rowland, Coventry and Nuneaton Circuit, Birmingham District

Deacon Jon Everingham, Canterbury and East Kent Circuit.

Revd Anna Bishop, East Solent and Downs Circuit

Marion West, Purley Circuit, London District

Jacqui Tyson, Ordinand, Sunderland Minster

Revd Adam J Stevenson, Oxford Circuit, Northampton District

Rev’d Dave Warnock, Leicester North Circuit, Northampton District

Revd. Eric Potts, Mid-Warwickshire Circuit, Birmingham District.

Ruby Beech, Newark and Southwell Circuit, Nottingham and Derby District

Revd Andrew Orton, Mansfield Circuit, Nottingham &Derby District

Revd Roger Stubbings, Chorley & Leyland Circuit, Lancashire District

Revd. Pam Garrud, Permission to be stationed abroad, Wolverhampton & Shrewsbury District

Dr Martyn Evans, Keswick & Cockermouth Circuit, Cumbria District

Revd Ruth Simpson, Epworth and Scunthorpe Circuit, Lincolnshire District

Ruth EVeringham, Faversham, Kent

Rhian Linecar, Esgobaeth Llandaf, yr Eglwys yng Nghymru

Rev Gill Baalham, North Bedfordshire

Dr Keith Sharpe, St Paul’s Church, Brighton



Roman Catholics in solidarity with this letter and gay bishops

Frank McMullan, Dublin

Una Kroll, St Joseph’s Church, Bury

Dr Claire Jenkins, Nottingham

Virginia Moffatt, Oxford

Mandy Pyke, North Lincolnshire

Katie Danaher, Oxford


Church of Scotland in solidarity with this letter and gay bishops


John McGowan St Paul, Milngavie

Dr Nikki Macdonald, Musselburgh

Rev Shuna Dicks, Aberlour

Rev Dr Linda J. Dunbar, West Linton


United Reformed Church in solidarity with this letter and gay bishops

Revd Charles Mather, Bar Hill Church, Cambridge

Revd Anne Lewitt, West Park URC Leeds & URC in South Leeds

Alison Kaan (URC/Anglican/Church of Scotland)

Mary Davidson, St Mark’s URC, Amble

Georgina Curtin, Witham United Reformed Church

Andy Crockett, Metropolitan Church, Mission Project of URC


Baptists in Solidarity with this letter and gay bishops

Simon Hall, revive, Leeds

Rev. Stacey Simpson Duke, First Baptist, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Rev. Brian Jones, Practitioner of Practical Theology, Coventry, UK

Rev Dr Ruth Gouldbourne, Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, London


Metropolitan Community Church members in solidarity with this letter and gay bishops

Reverend Elder Cecilia Eggleston, Pastor, Northern Lights Metropolitan Community Church, Newcastle upon Tyne


Members of Overseas Churches in Solidarity with this letter and gay bishops

Revd Laura Brekke, San Jose, California, USA; Presbyterian Church (USA)

Revd Iain Baxter, Priest-in-Charge, All Saints, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Rev. Dr. Emily Chandler, Topsfield, Massachusetts,USA,Presbyterian Church(USA)

Dr. Robert S. McCann, Mountain View, CA USA

Rev Gord Waldie, Grande Prairie Alberta Canada, United Church of Canada

Rev Joan Phelps, Niantic, CT  Episcopal Diocese of CT

The Rev’d Keren Terpstra, PiC All Saints’ Booval, Anglican Diocese of Brisbane (Australia)


Members of Jewish communities in Solidarity with this letter and gay bishops

Silvia Kirk, London


Free Churches Pastor Jon Hughes, Medway Community Church, www.medwaychristianchurch.org

Helen Harwood


5 thoughts on “A Love Letter to Gay Bishops

  1. Can we please add to the Roman Catholic supporters:
    Una Kroll, St Joseph’s Church, Bury

    Thank you,

  2. This is encouraging to see. Please consider my name added to the list of signatories.

  3. We really need to be concerned with genuine Gospel values. Forcing people to declare their sexuality is hardly one of them (and is so patronising). What we genuinely need is known to all you signatories; let’s address these needs or go into further decline.