Journeys in Grace and Truth was published in just six weeks in Spring 2016 in order to provide a resource for General Synod members ahead of the July Shared Conversations.
Jayne invited 12 senior Anglicans to each contribute a chapter explaining their own journey into how they became accepting of same-sex relationships. As such it looked to answer the question: “Is it possible to hold a positive view of same-sex relationships while being a biblically rooted evangelical?”
It has received warm endorsements from many bishops – past and present, such as the Rt Revd Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester, who says:
“As someone who is passionate about the importance of listening to different perspectives
in places of intense disagreement, I welcome these honest contributions to the debate about same sex relationships — regardless of whether they disturb or comfort us. This book invites us to engage prayerfully with the personal stories of fellow followers of Christ; to listen deeply with hearts of love not fear; and to know that God is unchanged whatever our conclusions.”
Over 1500+ copies have now been distributed, and it is increasingly being used by churches as a resource for those who want to discuss where they stand on the issue.
You can purchase a copy at the reduced rate of £7.99 plus P&P here.
Following its press launch on June 16th 2016, which included a video interview with the Bishop of Liverpool – the Rt Revd Paul Bayes – by Ruth Gledhill of Christian Today, it received significant media coverage.
Senior bishop calls for change in C of E attitudes towards gays – The Guardian, June 16th 2017
Leading evangelical bishops call for Church to change on gays – Christian Today, June 16th 2016
Two Bishops Urge Clerics to Rethink ‘Interpretations’ of the Bible that Condemn Homosexuality– Telegraph, June 17th 2016
Bishops Call for Church to Change on Gays – Thinking Anglicans, June 16th 2016
Church Must Welcome Gay Christians says C of E Bishop – Press Reader, June 17th 2016
Church ‘Must Give a Hearing to Evangelical Journeys of Acceptance for Same-Sex Relationships – Diocese of Liverpool Press Statement, June 16th 2016
Beware losing a generation on gay issue, Synod told – Church Times, June 24th 2016