The plan

“Symon Hill is setting an inspiring example”.
Peter Tatchell, human rights campaigner
 

In the summer of 2011, I will walk from Birmingham to London (in Britain) as a pilgrimage of repentance for my former homophobic attitudes and behaviour.

I will take a circuitous route between 16th June and 1st July, giving talks at churches along the way, encouraging churches and Christians generally to repent of homophobia and to think differently about sexuality. I will arrive in London on the day before Pride.

My intention is to spend most of each day walking, although I will take three days off.  On several days, I will give a talk or join in worship at a church in the town or city in which I have arrived.

There will be three talks at city centre churches. These will fall at the beginning, middle and end of the walk:

  • Birmingham – 7.00pm, Wednesday 15th June, Carr’s Lane Church
  • Oxford – Sunday 26th June, St Columba’s United Reformed Church (time to be confirmed)
  • London – 7.00pm, Friday 1st July, Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church

I will be passing through other towns and cities, including Coventry, Leamington Spa, Daventry, Banbury, Bicester and Chesham. The route is now almost finalised and full details will be published shortly.  

Most events are now arranged, as well as most of my accommodation, but there are still some gaps.  If your church or other group is interested in helping, please email me at symonhill@gmail.com.

8 comments so far

  1. Kathryn Fleming on

    Hi…suspect Gloucestershire is rather off your route (we’re in Stroud) but I’m supposed to be the Inclusive Church “ambassador” for the diocese, so if you were heading this way I’d be happy to try and sort out somewhere for you. Whether that works or not, just wanted to make encouraging noises. It’s a great thing to be doing! Prayers for success, and the opening of many minds along the way

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  3. Ken on

    I may be agnostic and straight, but I salute you!

  4. Philippa on

    How about inviting others to walk with you on your final leg into London?

  5. Vikki on

    Symon – the greatest of respect from this cis-gendered, straight, atheist. Much to reflect on here in the meaning of the word ‘repentance’ and the translation of a change of heart and mind into action.

    Do keep yourself safe – those churches that have made positive-ish noises and then not come through for you are reflecting a real fear that comes from real experiences. There is a lot of hate out there and you may be a target. Stand up and bear witness but ask others to help you to stay safe.
    Vik

  6. Jacqueline Applebee on

    Good luck, Symon! You are an inspiration. The churches I attended when I was young need people like you to talk to them. I wish you all the best.

  7. Andrew Cates on

    I would add a note of respect from this straight, conventional, Anglican father of three. I started to wonder about the issue when Rowan Williams produced careful Biblical arguments for thinking we had got it wrong as a Church.
    By a decade ago I was happy to give a loved one into a civil partnership and had, like you, realised this was an issue where Christ would have been in the Vanguard not being reluctantly dragged on.

  8. Joshua wekesa on

    I am pastor Joshua from Kenya, and in my chuch we have a conference in next year Dc, i inivit you to come and preach.


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