Towards a Theology of Same-Sex Marriage: Squaring the Circle

Towards a Theology of Same-Sex Marriage: Squaring the Circle

Clare Herbert is pleased to invite the members of OneBodyOneFaith to the launch of her first book Towards a Theology of Same-Sex Marriage: Squaring the Circle (with Foreword by Sam Wells) which will be published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers next Monday 21st December. The book is available from 21st December from Jessica Kingsley and for pre-order from Waterstones and Book Depository.

The book is written in a popular and accessible style. It includes personal reflections on my own life as a lesbian priest and perspectives from gay and lesbian Christians among whom I lived and worked at St Martin in the Fields.

In the book Clare argues that, far from diminishing the meaning of marriage, same-sex unions of intimacy and commitment add a wealth of understanding to issues which confront us all in our closest relationships: living with difference; understanding equality; the gift of sexual orientation; the meaning of procreation; the role of sex. For people of faith, Clare asks the question whether God’s blessing is not already extended to same-sex partnerships in ways which certainly differ from yet enrich the meaning of marriage as traditionally understood.

Clare invites you to join her for the live-streamed launch, hosted by St Martin in the Fields, at 4.30pm on Friday 15th January. To be sent a link for the launch, and to buy the book at a discount price, please register at

Joining Clare on the day will be Dr Philomena Cullen: researcher working on domestic social justice issues with UK faith-based charities; Charlie Bell: Fellow in Medicine at Girton College Cambridge and ordinand at St Augustine's College of Theology; and The Very Revd David Monteith, Dean of Leicester.

If you live in London and prefer to attend a live event (Coronavirus willing) both Sam Wells and Clare will speak about the book in the context of a church service “Bread for the World” at St Martin- in- the -Fields, at 6.30pm on Wednesday 13th January, and it will be possible to catch that service later on the St Martin in the Fields website 


Praise for Clare Herbert


Jayne Ozanne is a member of the government's LGBT Advisory Panel and the Church of England's General Synod - "At last, the book that so many have been waiting for - accessible, open, honest and profound"

Sam Wells is the Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields- “If the Church is to navigate the waters ahead, it will need the example of those like Clare who have shown what it means to listen, articulate, embody and let people make brave and unexpected journeys.”

Nicola Slee is a theologian and poet based at the Queen's Foundation, Birmingham, where she teaches feminism and contextual theology – ‘Committed, honest and searching – every single priest, bishop, pastoral carer and theological educator in the Church of England should read this.”