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Jayne Ozanne, Church of England evangelical activist, comes out as a lesbian

Jayne Ozanne , member of the Church of England's Archbishops' Council from 1999-2004. Photo courtesy of Accepting Evangelicals
Jayne Ozanne , member of the Church of England's Archbishops' Council from 1999-2004.

Jayne Ozanne , member of the Church of England’s Archbishops’ Council from 1999-2004. Photo courtesy of Accepting Evangelicals

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) One of the Church of England’s leading evangelical campaigners announced Tuesday (Feb. 3) that she is a lesbian and said she decided to be open after trying various ministries to cast out her sexual orientation.

“God is a God of surprises,” said Jayne Ozanne, 46, as she took up her new job as director of Accepting Evangelicals, a network of Christians who believe the time has come to move toward the acceptance of loving same-sex partnerships and a positive Christian ethic for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual people.

In an interview with “Christian Today,” she said: “We can never be sure of what the future may bring but what I do know is that He will always look to transform our darkest hours into something beautiful.”

Ozanne said that during her years on the Archbishops’ Council (1999-2004) — one of the highest posts in this country’s established church — she prayed for grace to be celibate and subjected herself to a form of conversion therapy where clergy tried to cast out a sexual orientation they deemed demonic.

“It was like trying to cast myself out of myself,” she said.

The experiences left her feeling there was something wrong with her.

She “came out” to a small group of friends in 2009 but is now openly gay.

Although now single, she enjoyed a five-year relationship with an unnamed woman.

“I believe that was God-given in so many ways,” she said. “It is the evangelical church more than any other that needs to hear and embrace each other.”


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  • God does not change. He says it more than once in his word. But “men have loved the darkness…” John 3:19

  • 2 Timothy 4:3 “For there will be a period of time when they will not put up with the wholesome teaching, but according to their own desires, they will surround themselves with teachers to have their ears tickled.”

  • Recalling the somewhat dubious memoirs of Bella Dodd (whom Alice von Hildebrand thought the real deal), do you figure maybe these people take jobs in the Church’s middle management or parachurch ministries in order to undermine those organizations? Very few people are employed in that sort of work and its not like it pays the bills especially well. The flagship Anglican parish in my home town had about 10 employees, and only because they operated a daycare center on site. The one down the street had four employees working between them about 60% time (and that was the 4th most prosperous parish in the diocese at that time). The numbers would be even smaller in Britain where religious observance is much less common than is the case in the United States (by a factor of 8, in fact).

  • 1 Corinthians 6:9-12 lists many other sins right along with the homosexuals
    so all the sins need to be confronted not just gay marriage and/or abortion
    which many people want to focus on so that their sin doesn’t seem so bad.
    Bible says Repent and believe the Gospel to be saved! We all must Repent!

    Many people today also try to say that they are a “good person” and there are “good people” but the Bible says there are none good…not even one!
    Many people today never Repent because their sin doesn’t get confronted
    but Bible is clear that all sin is bad/wrong. Luke 13 says Repent or perish!

    Coveting,sharp tongues/being mean/people who belittle other people,pride,
    jealousy,gambling,premarital sex,gossip,taking the Lords name in vain are
    also wrong! Ephesians 5:18 says don’t get drunk! 1 Corinthians 6:10 says
    that all drunkards go to hell which includes people who get drunk on wine
    cause John 2:10 says the cheap wine was brought out last so the best for
    last refers to watered down/poorer/diluted wine plus the Bible says don’t
    get drunk with strong wine so people who get drunk on wine also go to hell.
    The wine Jesus made was from the fruit of the vine and was new wine/diluted.

    Jesus said that you are one of Mine only if you continue in My teachings and
    follow Me so we all need to Repent not just homosexuals. We all must Repent!

  • This site’s in the business of promoting the replacement of ecclesiastical authority with sentimentality, therapy-culture, and fads. Does highlighting stories like this surprise you.

    What’s kooky about these stories is that they invariably seem to erupt among principals well into middle age. Huge swaths of the female population (and not a few men) don’t give a damn anymore at age 46, yet you see people in that age group beclowning themselves again and again. The late mayor of Spokane, Ted Haggard, sundry people connected with Exodus, &c, and this dame. It does not seem to have much to do with sex per se but more the personal crises people suffer as they grow older. The economist Kip Viscusi had a paper out about the ironies and paradoxes of personal risk assessment as people grow older. It might be instructive here.

  • Also, you notice she did not just walk away and find a job in department store sales or data entry. She has to start some sort of ‘ministry’.

  • Another time, another place, you may learn the difference between “gathering wood and torches to burn her at the stake.” and the ennui (and occasional amusement) people actually experience seeing these tales played out again and again by religious professionals.

  • Yeah, it must be boring to have god continually tell you that you got it wrong for the last 2000 years or so.

  • Strictly self-immolation, Larry.

    However, this lady should receive some credit for at least TRYING to visit various ministries, with the intent of seeking change.

    That was an important step on her part — one that leaves the gay activists shaking in their lavender boots. That was really important. Perhaps later she will shop around again. You never can tell what a person will do in the future.

    Maybe she’ll run into find a goodly (and godly) ministry that “fits” her style. One that is prayed and fasted up (and she will need to do the same, while she’s repenting of the SIN of homosexuality.)

    In fact, it may be that one of the ministries she visited, was actually the RIGHT one for her, But maybe her own Personal Issues (and make no mistake, we all have deep Personal Issues whether we’re Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or Atheist) finally got in the way of her healing. Or maybe the gay and progay pressure finally got to her. It happens.

    But that’s okay, God can still heal folks anyway, even if they’re on their 9th or 10th attempt to seek God-given change. It’s never too late. All of our hearts, all of us, are “prone to wander”, but the Lord Jesus has a way of straightening us out and cleaning us up anyway. (1 Cor. 6:11 and 1 Cor. 10:13)

    For that reason, there is no excuse for anybody to be a homosexual or a lesbian (1 Cor. 6:9-11). You don’t have to be gay or lesbian; please git out of that CULT!!

    She’s NOT an evangelical until she repents up and exchanges the gay-self-identity for Christ’s self-identity. Despite “those feelings” (which are real, btw),this lady could still exercise the gift of self-control and the gift of obeying God’s Word, until her “feelings” change. She could fight. And hook up with other fighters, win or lose.

    NO dating other women, NO hanging out with progay people who want to disobey the Bible. She has the power to do that much, right now, without even joining up with ex-gay-groups. God has to do the rest, and it’s a process, and hopefully her Christian friends are real and honest friends for her and help encourage her even more to do so.

  • Doc, she’s an unattractive 46 year old woman. She’s not having any problems with sex she hasn’t gone looking for. She needs to get a proper job and live a quiet life.

  • Coming out doesn’t mean someone has rejected God. Do a little reading, stop being so ignorant, and grow up. What’s sad is your judgmenal, pharisaical attitude.

  • Get bent Doc. The woman was pressured by her church and peers to undergo torture under the guise of “therapy:” and “ministry”. She acknowledged it was garbage.

    Ex-gay therapy is nothing but forcing people to pretend they are something they are not to please bigots surrounding them. Your support of it is reprehensible. But it is not surprising given your obvious hostility towards gays,

  • No need to ever utter that statement or act on it. First it’s ridiculous and secondly she has condemned herself. No need for anyone else to condemn her.

  • Since when did you become the voice of God? Last I checked there were many Christian denominations that expressly accept and love their gay brother and sisters. So, what you are saying is, “I’m right and you’re wrong…” and then you stick your fingers in your ears and stick out your tongue…. Last I checked God gave man the ability to think and love and feel and did not choose you as his mouth piece! If you don’t like gay people, that’s find, but saying that it goes against God is something entirely wrong headed! God does not make mistakes, God does make gay people, ergo, gay people are not mistakes in Gods eyes. Isn’t there a part in the Bible where it states you are take the plank out of your own eye before you try to tell someone else about their planks… Churches, especially Catholic and Baptist, need to take care of their own houses before trying to tell someone else that their church is wrong…

  • It’s weird you say the Bible, written thousands of years ago has the word homosexual in it… Wasn’t that word coined in 1868, about a thousand plus years before this book was supposedly written. And, the sins of the Bible do not list a loving, caring gay relationship among them!

  • God has made clear through His Word that all homosexual behavior is sinful. No getting around that ever.

    If some denominations choose to reject and ignore God that’s their choice.

    God doesn’t make anyone gay, sin does.

  • All homosexual relationships that consist of either romance, sex or both are sinful. No changing that ever.

  • JamesG-All sin is wrong! Romans 1:18-32 and 1 Corinthians 6:9-12
    says this so it’s not just homosexuals but any kind of sin. The Bible
    is the Word of God/Truth. Colossians 2:8 says we are to follow Christ
    not what man wants/says is right to do/human traditions. Bible says
    to Repent and believe the Gospel to be saved! We all must Repent!

  • JamesG- Read 1 Corinthians 6:9-12 and Romans 1:18-32 which both list
    many sins not just the homosexuals. All sin is wrong! We all must Repent!

  • “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”

    Everyone is entitled to their opinions, and that surely includes opinions on sexuality, but surely we all know that the ad hominem attacks made above are inappropriate, especially within the Body of Christ.

    There is a difference between naming a person’s sin (if this is how you perceive homosexuality) and hurling abuse at the sinner.

    I happen to know Jayne and, for what it’s worth, can say that she is a deeply loving and thoughtful person who has truly struggled throughout this process. She loves Jesus. Whatever you think about homosexuality, it is important to acknowledge that either path Jayne took necessarily involved an enormous amount of pain for her. No matter what you think about her ‘decision’ (although how someone who is not themselves gay could ever truly know if it is innate or learned is beyond me), and even if you can somehow conclude that it somehow makes her your (or the Church’s) enemy, that is no reason not to love her.

  • DC- We are to love people yes but not compromise the Truth. The woman that
    was caught in adultery was a perfectexample. After Jesus saved her from being
    stoned He told her to go and sin no more! He told her to change her behavior.
    Read Romans 1:18-32 and also 1 Corinthian 5 the whole chapter plus you can
    read 1 Corinthians 6:9-12. Luke 13 say to Repent or perish! We must Repent!
    Bible says to Repent and believe the Gospel to be saved! We all must Repent!

  • That this woman has been given so much media attention says more about her than anything else. The Media never give attention to anyone or anything that is truely good.
    Her use of psuedo spiritual ‘journey ‘ is simply a fake, and she is using the Bible for self justification. she doesn’t even she the Scriptures in Romans chapter 1 that apply to her;
    For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

    17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

    18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

    19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

    20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

    21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

    22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

    23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

    24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

    25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

    26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

    27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

    28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

    29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

    30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

    31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

    32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

  • To say love is not love based on the anatomy of the persons in love may quite possibly be Christian, but what is CERTAIN is that it is cruel, and vicious and profoundly unethical.