|Welcoming& Open Congregation of the month
St Nicholas, Leicester
“For over 1200 years, this lovely church in the heart of Leicester city centre has welcomed visitors, pilgrims and worshippers, you are following in their steps and we welcome you to our website in the Name of our Lord Jesus.
We hope you will come and visit us soon, especially if you live in the Leicestershire area.
If you would like to worship at a Church which truly values all who enter its doors, (irrespective of their social, racial or cultural background, gender or sexual orientation.) you will find a warm welcome at St. Nicholas.”
Very encouraging to see a list of links to supportive groups – St Nicholas’ expresses its commitment to inclusion very clearly.
LGCM’s 40th Birthday Celebrations!
We hope to see some of you there celebrating LGCM’s milestone Birthday in May.
As an on-line recipient of the U.K. ‘Changing Attitude’ Newsletter, I am happy to pass on selected parts of the March, 2016 issue to readers of my blog.
I’m sure that you who are interested in the Church being opened up to ‘All Believers in Christ’ will be happy to read of the various activities undertaken by this organisation, in pursuit of the open support of LGBTQI people in the Church of England.
I was glad to read of the advertised presence of The Very Revd. Professor Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford to give an address at the Meeting at St. Botolph’s, London, to celebrate 40 Years of the LGCM.
Such news of activity – by mainly Church of England clergy and people – cannot but encourage those of us in other churches of the Communion to continue to strive for an open welcome to the minority of people who are still disappointed at the ongoing unwillingness of the Church to welcome them as equal and beloved members of the Body of Christ.
Despite the surface protest of the Church, that it no longer upholds sexism and homophobia, there is still a disturbing undercurrent of social apartheid relating to people whose sexual orientation happens to be different from the majority – as though such people are guilty of a perverse rebellion against propriety.
Here, in Aotearoa/New Zealand and Polynesia, there is still a long way to go before LGBTQI people can feel welcomed in all but a few of our churches and congregations – to the extent that there is now a group of local Anglicans professing their ‘Anglican orthodoxy’ in the GAFCON-originated sodality called the ‘Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans’ formed locally to battle the local Anglican General Synod’s attempt to bring a rite for the Blessing of Same-Sex Unions into our Church (ACANZP).