Evangelical, Quaker and Anglican groups endorse pilgrimage
My walk of repentance for homophobia is now just over a week away. I’m deligthed to say that in the last few days, another three national organisations have given their endorsement.
The groups in question are Accepting Evangelicals, who encouarge acceptance of loving same-sex relationships amongst evangelical Christians; Changing Attitude, who work to develop Anglican attitudes to sexuality; and Young Friends’ General Meeting, the organisation of British Quakers aged around 18-30.
They join five other national organisations, along with individual churches and local groups, who have backed the walk. Please click here for a full list.
The support of these groups is a reminder that there is growing acceptance of same-sex relationship across nearly all wings of Christianity. Church divisions over sexuality are not – as the media sometimes imply – a matter of “liberals” on the one hand and “conservatives” or “evangelicals” on the other. The range of views that people hold are much too varied to fit into those two blocks. Furthermore, the endorsement for my walk by two evangelical groups (Accepting Evangelicals and Courage) is a reminder that many evangelicals d0 not reject same-sex relationships.
Along with the ednorsements from organisations, I continue to be humbled by the emails and comments I recieve from individuals. This evening, I recieved an email from a Christian mother of two adult children who are both gay Christians. She is proud of them, accepts their faith and their sexuality, and works with a support group for Christian parents with LGBT children, some of whom have difficulty reaching a position of acceptance.
I am only one of many, many people in Britain and around the world who are inspired by the radical inclusivity of Christ to work for the full equality of gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, transgender, intersex and queer people within Christiainity. I do not think I could do what I am doing without the support of others, and I thank God for all of them.