Inclusive Church Blog

05/16/2019
  Ever since I was asked to write this post, I have been struggling, feeling like a fraud. Compared to so many bisexual Christians, I have never once struggled, with my orientation or my faith. I have never once thought that being bi was a big deal, or worth mentioning. I knew I could love men as...
05/13/2019
  Just scrolling through the tweets on the hashtag #BecauseofRHE is enough to give a flavour of the impact and legacy of writer Rachel Held Evans, who died last week following a sudden illness. Obituaries in the Washington Post, the New Yorker plus numerous tweets from the likes of Bishop Michael...
04/11/2019
  There’s a Monty Python sketch in the film ‘The Meaning of Life’ which sums up pretty well how self-conscious I feel about coming out as a bisexual man, in my forties, in a fulfilled and happy monogamous marriage to a woman. As the song ‘Every Sperm is Sacred’ ends, the scene cuts to a middle-aged...
03/28/2019
The General Synod of the Church of England has important elections in 2020, and we’re putting together a partnership of like minded organisations to make sure inclusive voices are well represented. The General Synod is responsible for the overall policy direction and legislation of the Church of...
03/28/2019
  Is inclusion work the role of social responsibility teams?    A charitable project? It’s about mission.  It’s about discipleship.  It’s also about growth.   For a few years, I have been working with some Dioceses on inclusion, and how it affects the number of people in church.  It’s no big secret...
03/25/2019
  'No Outsiders' is a resource for teachers. In the last few weeks those two words have become synonymous with division for some members of the Birmingham Muslim community. For some members of the LGBTQ community, they have become synonymous with a battle for visibility and rights. Designed by a...
02/25/2019
Words Have Power
  Our words can untie, or unite. Our words can break or build. I am Azariah, an Anglican priest. My heritage originates in the west of Africa, via the West Indies, then settling in West Yorkshire, where I was born. I have chosen five phrases used by people which have an an impact. I begin with the...
02/16/2019
  Please click on the link below to read the briefing document by Susan Gilchrist and Christina Beardsley. A briefing paper on the House of Bishops’ Pastoral Guidance on using the Affirmation of Baptismal Faith with transgender people For the associated reading list, please click here.
02/12/2019
A selection of writing by or about transgender people relevant to the General Synod Human Sexuality Briefing Paper about the House of Bishops Guidance on using the Affirmation of Baptismal Faith with transgender people, February 2019.   Althaus-Reid M. and L. Isherwood (Eds.) 2009. Trans/Formations...
11/24/2018
St Michael's Aston Clinton   The below sermon was written and delivered by Ruth Wilde, the National Coordinator of Inclusive Church at St Michael's Aston Clinton in Buckinghamshire on the 25th November 2018. Readings for the day: Daniel 7: 9-10 & 13-14 and John 18: 33-37 ­­­­­...

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