Last weekend saw the annual London Pride celebrations, and there was a contingent of around 120 people in the Christians at Pride group wearing their ‘Christian and Proud’ T-shirts. It was also great to see members of Accepting Evangelicals on the march. It was a valuable act of positive Christian witness in a world where that witness is often so negative.
In the photo are (amongst others) AE Trustees, Sigrun Wagner, Benny and Mel Hazlehurst.
Last weekend also saw the Church of England announce 2 reviews of its approach to same-sex relationships.
On the positive side, such a review process is long overdue, and w hope that it will result in a much more open and accepting approach emerging.
On the negative side, clergy in Civil Partnerships will not be eligible to become Bishops in the meantime. This is the first time that this has been formally announced as church policy. It seems to be an unjustified step as Clergy in Civil Partnerships in the CofE already have to make a declaration that their relationship will be non-sexual, and that they will submit to the teaching and discipline of the church.
As one AE Member commented, “This poses an interesting question for the church. What does a gay person have to do in order to be acceptable to the church? For years, we have been told that it’s really just the sexual act which is the problem, and now it turns out its more than that.”
AE along with others, have responded to the news by welcoming the reviews but deploring this new level of discrimination. You can read our Press Release here, and the Church of England Statement here.
AE is justifiably proud of the fact that we run the network on a tiny budget, (last year our total expenditure was less than £400) but the opportunities to do more mean that we need to raise more funds.
So could you help? We are asking AE members to consider making a small standing order to AE so that we can plan for the future. Even £2 per month will make a significant difference if enough people respond – but of course you can give more!
Attached is a standing order form which can also be downloaded from our website. We hope you will feel able to fill it in and sending to: AE Treasurer, Flat 3, 7 Upper Tollington Park, London N4 3EJ. Membership of AE will continue to be free, but we hope many will be able to help in this way.
One of our members is looking for a LGBT friendly Spiritual Director in the Midlands. If anyone has any suggestions, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will forward them on.
Next month we will have more news from around the world – sorry that this month has been so UK focused. If you have any news you would like us to feature, send it in and we will see what we can do.
God Bless and Keep You
June 2011 - Annual Meeting, Scottish Presbyterian & Italian Lutherans, CofE Bishops Controversy, Pilgimage of Repentance
May 2011 – Gay Marriage debate, Transgender recognition, Maze,
April 2011 – Baptist Focus, BMS World Mission, Pastor Peter J Gomes
March 2011 – Religious Civil Partnerships; Bishop Derek Rawcliffe
February 2011 – Ugandan Murder; UN Resolution; April Conference