Open Table Group, London. Meets over Supper

Open Table London met last night for worship and fellowship over a meal afterwards. Savi Hensman led us in reflecting on our journey to the point we have reached today and the over riding themes were solidarity and the need for confidence in expressing our faith- using the language of Jesus with ease and openness so that we can join in the debate in language that those we need to win to our side feel able to do so. There was much discussion about how to help those who want to support us feel more confident in doing so and also much optimism and hope. We were blessed with a pianist who stood in to help lead our worship and several offers of help with worship at future events. We are growing in numbers and finding our feet as a community. Your prayers appreciated, as always, and you would always be welcome – our next meeting is on March 19th at 6.30pm at St James West Hampstead

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           Father Andrew Foreshew-Cain, promoter of the new LGBTI Support group in London’s Anglican Diocese, places this photographs on Face-Book to commemorate the recent meeting in London of the local branch of ‘OPEN TABLE’, a group of clergy and laity of the Church of England who are seeking a more open Church on the basis of equality ‘in Christ’.
           At the front of this picture (on the left), is Christian journalist and Social-Worker Savitri (Savi) Hensman who, on this occasion, talked about her own spiritual journey as a one-time partnered gay person. Savi’s life partner died a few years ago. Their relationship gave Savi a personal understanding of the issues involved in convincing the Church of the need to affirm faithful monogamous same-sex relationships among its clergy and people.
          To my New Zealand readers, who may be a little apprehensive about meeting a person from the LGBTI community; these people seated around the table don’t look too fearsome, do they? They look much like any other interest group that could be meeting around a meal table anywhere in our Church.
          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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