Welcome to the Lesbian & Gay Christian Movement
All the world's major religions are faced with having to come to terms with a modern understanding of homosexuality. The place of gay and lesbian people in the life of the Church is currently Christianity's most divisive issue. Confronting homophobia is its greatest challenge. The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement is proclaiming a basic Christian truth. It is working for the very love and freedom that Christ brings to his people through his life, death and resurrection. LGCM is working for love, for peace, for justice, and for the promotion of the Christian faith especially within the LGBT community.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is the body set up in the UK to challenge discrimination, and to protect and promote human rights.
They are keen to hear from all those whose religion or belief, or that of other people, affect their experiences in the workplace or the services they receive as part of your daily life.
They want to gather as much information from employees, service users, employers, service providers, trade unions, legal advisors and religion or belief groups so that they can assess how a person’s religion or belief, or lack of it, is taken into account at work and when using services.
At LGCM we think that it is important that the EHRC hears from those who identify as both Christian AND Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender so that they are able to take into account the stories and struggles of those who seek to be protected by more than one set of rights. They need to understand that you can be both LGBT and Christian!
This major call for evidence from the EHRC and is part of a three year programme to strengthen understanding of religion or belief in public life, to improve knowledge of what happens in practice and to make sure that the laws which are in place to protect everyone’s right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect are effective.
The deadline for submissions is 14th October 2014.
Will you wear a badge for Jeremy?
Canon Jeremy Pemberton is a Church of England priest, who works as a hospital chaplain in Lincolnshire. In April 2014, Jeremy married his long-term partner Laurence in a civil ceremony.
Jeremy has received a formal rebuke from the bishop of the diocese in which he works; the bishop of the diocese in which he lives, and is an active and valued member of the local church community, has chosen to remove his Permission to Officiate. Jeremy has no right of appeal against either of these measures, both of which are likely to make it difficult for him to secure any future appointment. Jeremy has been a priest for 31 years and this is the first time he has ever felt unable to comply with the directions of his bishop.
Will you wear a badge for Jeremy?
- to show your support for him and Laurence at this uncertain time
- to endorse his ongoing ministry amongst the patients, families and staff he serves
- to stand alongside other clergy who long to marry the person they love, and who are afraid
- to hold in your thoughts and prayers the members of the House of Bishops that they might act with honesty, courage and love
- to recognise those of every perspective who are seeking to act in conscience, and with integrity, at this time of change.
To order your badges, please call the office on 020 7739 1249 or email the office – firstname.lastname@example.org
The CofE has now published its guidance for schools on combatting homophobic bullying in both primary and secondary schools. This has been a much needed document as figures from their own surveys show that currently nearly a third of CofE schools has no policy dealing with homophobic bullying.
Whilst the document goes to great lengths to emphasise the worth and value of all God’s children and the need for schools to support this to enable education, it also reiterates on numerous occasions that homosexual relationships ‘fall short of the ideal’.
The Rev Sharon Ferguson, Chief Executive of LGCM, commented on Premier Radio that this could pose quite a dilemma for some young people who may not feel safe enough to share their experiences of bullying with staff. She went on to say:
‘The document talks about the acceptance of difference but it’s very difficult to feel accepted when those around you believe you fall short of the ideal.’
Another concern that must be raised is how will the document be actualised. Schools will still need to have good resources made available to enable staff to tackle this issue. It is hoped that schools will make use of the Faith and Sexuality Resource provided by LGCM which offers lesson plans to help young people from the three Abrahamic Faiths to discuss and debate this issue and reduce the likelihood of homophobic bullying.
This is certainly a step in the right direction but as the document states itself in a quote from a teacher in a CofE school:
‘Whilst welcoming this initiative, the CofE’s own institutional homophobia and the theological/moral confusion behind it is a big problem!’
Location and Venue to be confirmed. Guest Speaker: Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of Stonewall.
This event is organised by Oasis and is a two-day Mesa gathering of all those who care passionately about the future of the Church.
Join in the conversation on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th April 2015. Oasis are striving for balance and reconciliation as they continue to think about the big issues that face the Church around sexuality and gender equality.
Tickets and more information available.
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