05 January 2012
The membership of a group to advise the House of Bishops on the
Church of England's approach to human sexuality has been announced.
The Group will be chaired by Sir Joseph Pilling. Sir Joseph, a
former Permanent Secretary of the Northern Ireland Office, chaired
the group that produced the report on senior church appointments,
Talent and Calling, published in 2007.
The other members of the Group are the Bishop of Gloucester, the
Rt Rev Michael Perham, the Bishop of Birkenhead, the Rt Rev Keith
Sinclair, the Bishop of Ebbsfleet, the Rt Rev Jonathan Baker and
the Bishop of Warwick, the Rt Rev John Stroyan.
The House of Bishops announced on 1 July 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 on human sexuality. 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 the new
group is to help the House discharge its commitment to produce a
consultation document in 2013. The membership of another group,
advising the House on its review of the 2005 civil partnership statement, was announced on
The full text of the 1 July statement .