Statement Regarding the Recent Response by the College of Bishops

Mosaic’s statement regarding the College of Bishops response to Living in Love and Faith on the 19th of January 2023 and the worship resources, ‘Prayers of Love and Faith’.

  • We lament the fact that the College of Bishop’s felt unable to bring to General Synod a motion calling for a change to the doctrine of marriage and the offer of equal marriage. We pray for courage amongst our Bishops that we may move towards a future in which same-sex couples, including clergy, are able to marry in their parish church, and no one is forced to act against their conscience.
  • We give thanks for the decision to offer a clear and unequivocal welcome to LGBTQ+ people and commend their decision to urge all congregations to welcome same-sex couples “unreservedly and joyfully”.
  • We welcome the apology offered by the College of Bishops for the harm done by the church to LGBTQ+ people and yet are saddened that continuing to deny equal marriage in church does them, and the spread of the Gospel, further harm.
  • We welcome the decision that ‘Issues in Human Sexuality’ will be rescinded and look forward to those Bishops and Clergy who are in same-sex relationships being able to publicly celebrate their love, albeit only by a Civil Partnership or Civil Marriage, followed by a Blessing in Church.
  • We welcome the Prayers of Love and Faith and commend these resources for use in churches as we affirm and pray for God’s blessing on committed same-sex relationships.

You can download a PDF copy of the statement by clicking here.

New Steering Group Members

We are delighted to announce that we have three new members who have joined our steering group, helping to shape the direction MOSAIC moves in. The new members are:

  • Nicola Denyer – Lay Ministry Development Officer in the Diocese of Newcastle.
  • Rev Sandra Schloss – Vicar, St Luke’s Church & Area Dean of Camberwell in Southwark Diocese.
  • Rev Robert Thompson – Vicar of St Mary and St James in Diocese of London.

Queer Holiness and the Future of the Church

An Evening with Charlie Bell at the House of Commons

Revd Dr Charlie Bell is is hosting an event at 7pm on Tuesday 13th September in the Committee Rooms of the House of Commons.  Charlie is a member of Modern Church, has served on MC’s Council, and would like to extend an invitation to Modern Church members and affiliates.

The event is titled “Queer Holiness: LGBTQI people, the church, and charting the future”, and Charlie will be discussing his new book “Queer Holiness” with Revd Dr Mark Oakley, Dean of St John’s College Cambridge.  There will also be discussion of the current state of the Church of England’s relationship with LGBTQI people.  The evening provides an opportunity to look to different versions of a possible future and is a clarion call to action for all those in the church who wish to affirm the dignity and holiness of LGBTQI people.

You can find out more and book free tickets at Eventbrite.

Convenors WhatsApp Group

Following the recent Convenors zoom meeting, there was a request from a number of you for us to set up a Convenors WhatsApp group.  This has now been set up for us and we would like to express our thanks to Nicola Denyer for organising this.

The WhatsApp group is for MOSAIC Convenors and Steering Group Members only and will provide a way that we can be better connected with each other and support one another more easily.

The link to join the WhatsApp group has been sent out to all those who are eligible to join but if you have not received this link by email, please get in touch with us.

Upcoming Dates for Your Diary

There are a number of events coming up that we would ask you to keep in your thoughts and prayers:

Mosaic AGM

The MOSAIC AGM is taking place on Wednesday 9th March 2022 at 7:30pm. All those who are associated with MOSAIC are welcome to join us as we reflect on our first year of operation and how we go forwards.

Bi-Monthly Convenors Meetings

The Bi-Monthly convenors meetings are taking place on the following dates at both 2pm and 7:30pm

  • Thursday 17th March 2022
  • Wednesday 18th May 2022
  • Wednesday 6th July 2022
  • Thursday 15th September 2022
  • Tuesday 15th November 2022

MOSAIC York Conference

The York MOSAIC Conference is coming up very soon on Saturday 26th February 2022 between 10am and 12pm on Zoom. Anyone is welcome to join us for a morning of talks and discussions around Diversity and Inclusivity in the church, with talks on Disability, Race & Ethnicity, and Living in Love & Faith. To find out more, and to book, please visit