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Committee | Centre for the Study of Christianity and Sexuality


The Committee

The following is a list of Committee members, with a short introduction to each.

  • Heather Barfoot
  • Jane Fraser
  • Michael Moran
  • Martin Pendergast (Chair)
  • Terence Weldon
  • Anthony Woollard

Martin Pendergast (Chair)

Martin lives in Hackney, London. He has theology degrees from Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University and Bristol University. He is a qualified social worker, having managed Child and Family social work at St. Thomas’ Hospital, London. There he specialised in assessment and treatment of child sexual abuse and also developed some of the first social services for people with HIV/AIDS.

He is a Trustee of NAM/AIDSMAP and also Executive Secretary of Catholics for AIDS Prevention & Support. He was a founder member of the Roman Catholic Caucus of the Lesbian & Gay Christian Movement and also of the Cutting Edge Consortium promoting equality, human rights, and challenging faith-based homophobia and transphobia.

He contributes regularly to The Guardian’s ‘Comment is Free’ column, particularly covering issues of faith and sexuality. He coordinates liturgy and music in a Catholic parish near London’s Barbican. He is also active in the Soho Masses LGBT Catholic community.

He was a member of the Catholic Bishops Conference Social Welfare Committee, and a faith-advisory member of the Government’s Independent Advisory Group on Teenage Pregnancy for five years. He has worked on sex and relationships education in a variety of Catholic settings.

Heather Barfoot

Heather lives in the south London suburbs and has been married for over 50 years with sons, grandchildren and a great-grandchild. She describes herself as “a Baptist with Quaker leanings attending an Anglican church”. She was more or less a founder member of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement and also of CSCS and of the Baptist Network Affirming Lesbian and Gay Christians. She is disabled, a poet and a member of her local folk-song group.

Jane Fraser

Jane was made an Honorary Canon of Worcester Cathedral in 2005. She has been a member of the Church of England’s General Synod. She is licensed to the Benefice of Upton on Severn in the Diocese of Worcester as an Associate Priest and is Dean of Non Stipendiary Ministers and Ministers in Secular Employment in the Diocese. As a Minister in Secular Employment and a qualified social worker and counsellor, she now works as a freelance trainer and consultant on sexuality and relationship issues. She undertakes training for teaching, health and social care professionals and also for clergy and laity. She has worked for Brook Centres, initially engaged in counseling young people and in outreach work. Later, for many years, she was responsible for developing their sex education materials for young people and teaching resources for professionals responsible for educating young people on issues relating to sexuality. She has also served as a faith advisor member of the Government’s Independent Advisory Group on Teenage Pregnancy.

Michael Moran

Michael is a retired United States Navy Nurse Corps Officer and a former Alexian Brother. Michael has been interested in the relationship between Christianity and sexuality since the late 70s when he was a student at the Catholic University of America earning a Masters of Science Degree in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. During his graduate studies he created a model of the human person that included a spiritual and a sexual dimension in addition to the physical, emotional, interpersonal and intellectual dimensions. In 1986 Michael completed a two-year training program in spiritual direction sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia. He was awarded a certificate in Salesian Studies by the De Sales School of Theology in Washington, DC, in 1996. Michael is the Assistant Superior General of the Sons of St Francis de Sales and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Mastery Foundation where he serves as a coach in their School for Leadership.

Terence Weldon

Terence is a South African Catholic, who spent half a century living against a background of the rise and fall of apartheid, which gave him a keen sense of the importance for the Christian Church of taking a firm stand against injustice in all its forms, and on the side of the marginalised and oppressed. Although once married, a father and a grandfather, he has been out and openly gay for thirty years. Now living in Surrey, he is an active participant in the Soho Masses for LGBT Catholics.

For most of his career, he worked in marketing information, and later as a school teacher and school librarian. Now semi-retired, he spends most of his time on his blog, “Queering the Church”, where he explores the intersection of faith and sexuality – and his expectation that the Church in standing up against injustice, should include resisting injustices perpetrated by the Church itself against sexual and gender minorities.

Anthony Woollard

Anthony is the editor of CSCS News. A former Civil Servant in the Department for Education, he holds degrees in Theology from the University of Oxford and from Union Theological Seminary, New York. He lives in Stratford-upon-Avon, where he is Treasurer of Holy Trinity Church.  He regularly writes for his parish magazine on the theological implications of current issues, and contributed in 2012 to a series of panel discussions on aspects of sexuality.  He also serves on Coventry Diocesan Synod, where he is mostly known for his interest in church finance but also (unsuccessfully in this Diocese) led the opposition to the Anglican Covenant.  As well as his CSCS involvement he is a Trustee of Modern Church (formerly the Modern Churchpeople’s Union) and edits its newsletter Signs of the Times (which can be accessed at www.modernchurch.org.uk).

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