Prayers for an Understanding Church

Is it a justice issue or isn’t it?

by Kelvin Holdsworth – S.E.C.

The question is this – is LGBT inclusion a justice issue or isn’t it?

If we think it is a justice issue then we pray about it in church, right?

Those two questions feel to me a little uncomfortable.

We pray readily in churches up and down the land about justice issues – we pray about poverty, we pray for those who are down on their luck, we pray about homelessness. Increasingly (though still not that often) we pray about climate change.

If we believe LGBT inclusion is a justice issue (rather than a tricky and embarrassing disagreement) then we’ll pray about it, won’t we? In intercessions. In church. At the mass.

Won’t we?

Here’s a notice announcing a special service which has been organised by Changing Attitude Scotland to do just that.


(Others are very welcome to copy this idea. Anyone can have a Eucharist for Change).

But my question is really about regular weekly services.

We will pray. Won’t we?

Kelvin | February 11, 2015
On his blog ‘Thurible’, Father Kelvin Holdsworth, Provost of St. Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow, asks the question: Should we pray for the understanding of the Church on the issue of Inclusion of LGBT people in public worship? That is: Should we pray for LGBT people at all, in public worship?
This is a big question, even in our churches of Aotearoa/New Zealand. Are we confident enough, in our local New Zealand congregations, to be able to offer prayer; both for LGBT people themselves, and for the understanding of our Church and congregations on this issue? ACANZP is under a process of consideration of the propriety of LGBT inclusion. When will we be confident enough in such an understanding, to be able to include occasional public prayer that will affirm the presence of such people in our midst? I await that day with hope and my own private prayers.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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