29 March 2012
The group chaired by Sir Joseph Pilling to advise the House of
Bishops on the Church of England's approach to human sexuality has
appointed three advisers. They are the Revd Dr Jessica Martin,
Priest-in-charge of Duxford, of Hinxton and of Ickleton, Dr Robert
Song, Head of Durham University's Department of Theology and
Religion, and the Ven Rachel Treweek, Archdeacon of Hackney.
Jessica Martin reflected on and wrote about the House of Bishops
statement Some Issues in Human Sexuality in her former
role as a Cambridge academic. Robert Song is a Senior Lecturer in
Christian Ethics and President of the Society for the Study of
Christian Ethics. Rachel Treweek has been an Archdeacon, first
in Northolt and now in Hackney, since 2006.
The House of Bishops announced on 1 July, 2011, that it intended
to draw together material from the listening process undertaken
within the Church of England over recent years in the light of the
1998 Lambeth Conference resolution. It also committed itself to
offering proposals on how the continuing discussion within the
Church of England about these matters might best be shaped in the
light of the listening process. The task of Sir Joseph's group,
announced in January, is to help the House discharge its commitment
to produce a consultation document.
The full text of the 1 July statement can be found at:
The press release announcing the working group can be found