The debate surrounding homosexuality and church is rearing its head again...as it does fairly regularly at the moment. The two points of tension are currently the Ugandan laws on homosexuality, which are repulsive, and the election of Mary Glasspool as a Bishop in the USA.
Someone commented to me a few years ago that an important role of church is to be a place of debate, 'as there were no other places where there was open debate on human sexuality'. I would suggest that the public opinion in the UK is far more polarized on human sexuality than the press makes out and there has been no real discussion on human sexuality in the public realm.
The values of liberalism and tolerance are assumed to be the view of everyone. The debate in the church is, I would suggest, the only place that the debate is happening. The prophetic role of the church - I maybe being hopelessly naive about this - is to allow the debate to happen. It maybe that the voices heard are ones that are deeply offensive but in the long term these opinions must be heard so that they can be challenged and exposed.
Now, don't get me wrong, the values of inclusion are ones that I deeply value but I think that there needs to be open discussion about human sexuality, quite simply so that we can see the diversity of opinion that there is on the subject.