Including the Exclusive: How liberal Can you be?
David Ison – Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, LONDON.
For those of you disposed to read about the current situation in the Church of England – re the work of ‘Inclusive Church’ in the U.K. to further the acceptance of LGBTI people as fellow members of the Christian Church family – here are the PDF and video transcripts of this year’s 2017 Annual Lecture given to the members of Inclusive Church by the Dean of St.Paul’s, London.
The video sound quality is less than satisfactory, but the PDF text of Fr.David Ison’s Lecture is well worth the reading.
My wife, Diana, and I are now safely back in New Zealand after an exhaustive (and somewhat exhausting) trip back to the U.K. to catch up with relatives and friends, during which we enjoyed cruising with P. & O. to the Greek Islands and the Canary Islands, with a side trip to Amsterdam where, coincidentally, we happened in upon their colourful ‘Gay Pride Week’ celebrations, with decorated boats on the canals and a generally warm and accepting atmosphere of welcome to the local and overseas LGBTI people there.
Now back to life in Aotearoa/New Zealand and looking forward to our great Cathedral Debate in Synod very soon, and also to the continuing debate in our Church of Same-Sex Blessings and their effect on the Inclusive Mission of ACANZP.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand