The pilgrimage of repentance will be launched in central Birmingham on the evening of Wednesday 15 June. I will then start walking from there the next morning. I will arrive in central London on Friday 1 July and will speak at an event there that evening, before joining the Pride march the next day.
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Launch day – Wednesday 15 June
Launch event – all welcome
7.00pm, Carr’s Lane Church, central Birmingham
A talk about my pilgrimage and the issues involved, followed by questions and discussion. There will be a short act of worship and commissioning (those not wishing to participate in the worship will be welcome to leave for this part), followed by informal conversation over tea and coffee.
Day 1 – Thursday 16 June
Birmingham – New Arley
In the morning I will meet with friends and supporters to pray together at Carr’s Lane Church. We will then set off, and I will say goodbye to them after a few miles. I will arrive in New Arley in the evening, and stay overnight with friends. I will have walked about 16 miles.
Day 2 – Friday 17 June
New Arley – Coventry
I will walk the 9 miles from New Arley to Coventry, where I used to live. I will meet with Coventry Peace Church in the evening and stay overnight with a friend.
Day 3 – Saturday 18 June
Coventry – Leamington Spa
I will walk about 8 miles from Coventry to Leamington Spa, where I will stay overnight with friends.
Day 4 – Sunday 19 June
A day off from walking. I will visit Leamington Peace Festival, as well as taking time to do my laundry and have a rest. Staying overnight with friends.
Day 5 – Monday 20 June
Leamington Spa – Southam
I will walk from Leamington Spa to Southam. At only seven miles, this is one of the shortest day’s walks.
Day 6 – Tuesday 21 June
Southam – Daventry
I will walk to Daventry, a distance of around 11 miles. Daventry is the town in which I grew up and in which I became a Christian. I will stay overnight with family.
Day 7 – Wednesday 22 June
Daventry – Banbury
I will walk to Banbury. At 19 miles, this will be the longest day’s walk of the whole pilgrimage. My accommodation plans have fallen through; offers and suggestions welcome.
Day 8 – Thursday 23 June
Banbury – Bicester
I will walk the 15 miles to Bicester. I have had problems with finding accommodation, so offers and suggestions welcome.
Day 9 – Friday 24 June
Bicester – Oxford
I will walk the eleven miles to Oxford, where I lived for three years as a student. I will be staying in the city until Monday morning. I will stay overnight with friends.
Day 10 – Saturday 25 June
No walking. I will he having a rest, as well as preparing my talks and catching up on my laundry. Members of a local church have kindly invited me to a United Reformed Church garden party.
Day 11 – Sunday 26 June
I will attend the morning service at St Columba’s United Reformed Church. I have been asked to speak briefly during the service.
All are welcome at an event at 1.00pm at St Columba’s URC in Alfred Street. There will be a talk followed by questions and discussion. I will then be around for more informal conversation.
Day 12 – Monday 27 June
Oxford – Haddenham
I will walk the 16 miles to Haddenham, where a supporter of my pilgrimage has kindly offered me accommodation.
Day 13 – Tuesday 28 June
Haddenham – Chesham
I will walk the 16 miles to Chesham. In the evening, I will be meeting informally with a group of local people drawn from three different churches. I am staying overnight with a local minister.
Day 14 – Wednesday 29 June
Chesham – Watford
My friend Chris Campbell, who has played a key role in my journey away from homophobia, will be joining me for the 12-mile walk to Watford. After saying goodbye to Chris in the evening, I will stay with a friend of a friend, who has kindly offered to host me.
Day 15 – Thursday 30 June
Watford – Finchley
I will walk the 14 miles to Finchley Quaker Meeting House in north London, where I have been offered an improvised bed.
Day 16 – Friday 1 July
Finchley – central London
This will be the shortest walk of the whole pilgrimage, as I journey the final six miles into central London, finishing at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, probably around the middle of the day. After showering and preparing myself in the afternoon, I will be speaking in the evening at the final event of the pilgrimage.
London event – all welcome
7.00pm, Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, Shaftesbury Avenue
I will speak about my pilgrimage, the reactions I came across and the lessons I learnt. I will discuss homophobia, Christianity and repentance. There will be questions and discussion, followed by more informal conversation over tea and coffee.
Day 17 – Saturday 2 July
I will join the Pride rally in London, marching with other Christians. I will be carrying a placard reading “Repenting of homophobia”.