We’ll work with you – but we won’t wait for you

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE LESBIAN AND GAY CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT

27 January 2017

We’ll work with you – but we won’t wait for you, LGBTI+ groups tell House of Bishops.

Groups working for the full inclusion of LGBTI+ people in the Church of England have responded to Friday’s statement by the House of Bishops by promising support for those who want to change – but saying that they can no longer wait for those who don’t, and that their members and supporters will begin the work of making change happen at the grassroots.

In an open letter to the bishops, the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement expressed its disappointment at the report, whilst recognising the bishops’ sincere attempts to draw together those of conflicting conviction. Tracey Byrne, Chief Executive of LGCM, said, ‘To echo Una Kroll’s words, we asked for bread and we’ve been given stones. LGBTI+ people who have participated in this process in good faith, at considerable personal cost, will feel angry and disappointed that there appears so little real change. Despite us knowing that many individual bishops favour a move towards a more gracious, compassionate and inclusive church, collectively they’ve failed to deliver – promising only more reflection. We stand ready to engage in the process of changing the tone of the conversation – but this has to lead to tangible change. This is another missed opportunity which further undermines the mission of the established church to convey the gospel promise of good news for everyone.’

Jeremy Pemberton, Chair of LGCM, said, ‘The waiting is over. What we’re saying now to the bishops is that LGBTI+ Christians are here, are part of the church, and are happy to work with those who want change. But LGCM can no longer wait for episcopal leadership. The Spirit is moving in God’s faithful people and we’re seeking to be obedient to that movement. It’s a very exciting time.’

 

ENDS

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One thought on “We’ll work with you – but we won’t wait for you

  1. Just to say you are held in prayer and love by a Priest who sees ALL equally made in God’s image and to say I am praying too for the Church of which I am a member and whose flock God has called me to serve that has failed so many brothers and sisters and is continuing to do so. With so many great and significantly difficult social justice issues facing the world where exclusion, inequality and injustice is rife it is shameful that we are unable to rise to Christ’s challenge of mirroring HIS extraordinary inclusive love outpoured on the cross in the church where ALL should be equal, and none second class.

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