Archdeacon takes part in Shared Conversations

The Archdeacon of Newark, the Venerable David Picken, is involved in the regional Shared Conversations on sexuality taking place until 13th May.

People from the dioceses of Derby, Leicester, Lincoln, Peterborough and Southwell & Nottingham are involved in the conversations.

They are taking place across the country to create safe spaces in which questions of difference and disagreement can be explored in relation to scripture, mission and human sexuality.

It is hoped that the “diversity of views within the church will be expressed honestly and heard respectfully, with the hope that, in so doing, individuals may come to discern that which is of Christ in those with whom they profoundly disagree”.

The conversations were initiated when the House of Bishops Working Group on Human Sexuality recommended in November 2013 that:

“The subject of sexuality, with its history of deeply entrenched views, would be best addressed by facilitated conversations or a similar process to which the Church of England needs to commit itself at national and diocesan level.”

Reports say the first round of conversations last week were hailed a success by those who took part. Those sharing ranged from straight people who backed same-sex marriage, to gay people holding to traditional theology.

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