Pastoral Advisory Group

The Pastoral Principles cards

One of the tasks of the Pastoral Advisory Group has been to set out some principles of pastoral practice for how the Church of England can live well together within the parameters of its current position on marriage and the different deeply held convictions that individuals and churches hold on these matters. The outcome of this work has been the production of the Pastoral Principles for living well together.

The Pastoral Principles cards can be purchased through Church House Publishing.

Alternatively, you may download the Pastoral Principles cards here.
Please contact us if you have any questions.

Pastoral Guidance for use in conjunction with the Affirmation of Baptismal Faith in the context of gender transition

New guidance for parishes wishing to use the rite of Affirmation of Baptismal Faith in the context of gender transition in adults has been published by the Church of England. The pastoral guidance does not pre-empt the work of the 'Living in Love and Faith’ process, by which the Church of England continues to consider transgender matters as it produces a new set of teaching and learning resources on identity, sexuality and marriage. 

The guidance can be accessed here.

About the Pastoral Advisory Group

Following the February 2017 Group of Sessions, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York issued a letter on 16th February outlining their proposals for continuing to address, as a church, questions concerning human sexuality. The Archbishops committed themselves and the House of Bishops to the creation of a Pastoral Advisory Group as an integral part of this. Further information was provided in a paper from the Archbishops published in June 2017, ‘Next Steps in Human Sexuality’ (GS Misc 1158).

Current members of the Pastoral Advisory Group


The Bishop of Newcastle, The Rt Revd Christine Hardman

Other Episcopal Members

The Bishop of Exeter, The Rt Revd Robert Atwell

The Bishop of Willesden, The Rt Revd Pete Broadbent

The Bishop of Grantham, The Rt Revd Dr Nicholas Chamberlain

The Bishop of Repton, The Rt Revd Jan McFarlane


Professor Helen Berry

Dr Jamie Harrison

The Revd Dr Rosemarie Mallett

The Ven Cherry Vann

Ed Shaw, Emmanuel Church, Bristol

Source URL: https://www.churchofengland.org/PAG

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