Welcome to Accepting EvangelicalsRev Ruth Gouldbourne, Jeremy Marks, Professor Sophie Grace Chappell, Jayne Ozanne ________________________________________________________________________
Check out our new Web section – Good Disagreement.
David Ison – Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral has written an article specially commissioned by AE to launch the conversation.
Please join the conversation by commenting on-line…
We are an open network of Evangelical Christians…
who believe the time has come to move towards the acceptance of faithful, loving same-sex partnerships at every level of church life, and the development of a positive Christian ethic for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Accepting Evangelicals is for everyone who would call themselves Evangelical.
people who believe that loving, faithful same-sex relationships built on mutual commitment and self-giving love are not condemned in the Bible – and
people who are willing to accept the Christian integrity of those who affirm same-sex relationships, although they do not personally hold this view.
We welcome people from all Christian Churches, Fellowships & Denominations.
We offer both:
Open Membership to those who are happy to be publicly associated with Accepting Evangelicals. Their names will appear on our website in due course – and
Confidential Membership to those who are concerned that their public support would put them at risk of prejudice or discrimination. Their names will remain confidential and will not appear on our website.
(Membership details, both open and confidential, will not be passed onto third parties unless we have your express permission).
I extend a welcome here to any Evangelical Christian in Aotearoa/New Zealand and Polynesia, who is open to believing that there are LGBT Christians in our country, and that they deserve support and acceptance of their authenticity as fully valued human beings in our community, to consider signing up to the Membership Page of the U.K.-based ‘Accepting Evangelicals’ on the link provided above this paragraph.
This most recent statement of support for gay people in the Church (and outside of it) is a long-awaited sign for people in the Church who might hitherto have despaired of ever gaining understanding of their situation – as being intrinsically different from the majority of people, by virtue of their innate sexual orientation.
My last posting, which quotes the request of the Dean of Saint Paul’s – The Very Reverend David Ison – for the understanding of the Church on matters of gender and sexuality; will no doubt encourage many Evangelical Christians to reconsider their traditional in-built opposition to the prospect of Same-Sex relationships. Dean David’s remarks come out of his own deep and secure Evangelical faith, which has been affected by actual association with members of the gay community, whom he now recognises as a group deserving of the same treatment – in terms of the right to faithful one-to-one relationships – as that afforded freely to heterosexual people. Faithful relationships are important for people to flourish – whether they be gay or straight – and this is what ‘Accepting Evangelicals’ are supporting.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand