The Listening Process

Welcome to the webpages of the Listening Process within the Anglican Communion.

In these pages you will find Resources aimed to assist your church in the commitment of the Anglican Communion to listen to the experience of gay and lesbian people.

The pages also contain a summary of the work of Monitoring the response of the Provinces of the Communion to the commitment made by bishops at the 1998 Lambeth Conference to listen to ‘homosexual persons’. These summaries were prepared in 2007.

There is also an introduction to the work of Mutual Listening requested by ACC-13 and following ACC – 14 being taken forwards in Continuing Indaba.

What is on these pages?

What is the Listening Process? – This page sets out an understanding of what is meant by a Listening Process in general terms. It encourages you to be involved where you are. You can also refer to Chapters 1 and 2 of The Anglican Communion and Homosexuality.

Listening to the experience of gay and lesbian people – This page sets out some general principles for listening to the experience of homosexual persons – a commitment made on behalf of the Anglican Communion by the bishops at the 1998 Lambeth Conference. You can also refer to Chapters 2, 6 and 7 of The Anglican Communion and Homosexuality.

Practical advice– This section offers some practical advice for those seeking to commit themselves to listening to the experience of gay and lesbian people. You can also refer to Chapter 2 of The Anglican Communion and Homosexuality.

The Anglican Communion and Homosexuality – These pages support the book published by SPCK in 2008, it offers resources and insights from across the Communion. It has been commended by a wide range of people and is a unique resource for listening. The webpages offer the Introduction to the book in full, introductions to each chapter, full bibliographies and additional resources with links to source texts.

Contributions from around the world – These pages have contributions submitted to the ACO office from around the world. They allow you to hear the voices of a number of perspectives. You can also refer to Chapters 3, 4, 5 and 8 of The Anglican Communion and Homosexuality.

Reports from the Provinces – These pages present the result of the monitoring process of 2006. Provinces were asked to summarise how they had responded to the commitment of their bishops to listen to the experience of homosexual persons. The agreed summaries were published 2007 and are available on these pages.

Mutual Listening – ACC – 13 asked the Communion Office to facilitate Mutual Listening. ACC – 14 endorsed the Continuing Indaba project as a practical response to this request. Continuing Indaba is a journey of conversation to strengthen relationships for mission. Continuing Indaba has its own section on the Communion Website.